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After Four Days Rescue Workers Have Not Found Missing Boy

It's been four days, but still no recovery. Extra help arrived this morning, giving those that have been out there all week a break. Divers continue to search for nine-year-old Cade Castleberry's body on Lake Palestine. Witnesses say they last saw Cade on a small fishing boat that floated off shore. The recovery effort began Tuesday night in Lakeway Harbor. That's across Lake Palestine from Coffee City in Smith County.

People from around East Texas are helping in the recovery effort. "We've got a lot of resources out here this weekend," said Game Warden for Texas Parks & Wildlife Captain Larry Hand. "A lot of these volunteer groups are off of their normal jobs. We've got four-wheelers on the shoreline and we've got boats searching. It's an all out deal and we're trying to bring this to a close."

This morning, despite the cold temperatures, 20 divers from the Alert Academy in Big Sandy came out to help. "I wanted to do it," said Josh Culbertson, Alert Academy Diver. "I wanted to be here. The water is a little choppy and a little windy, but under the water is cold, about mid-50's, so it got a little cold, but it wasn't that bad."

To help the workers warm up, the Salvation Army handed out coffee and hot chocolate. "When we pull in here every morning we have hot cinnamon rolls that we bake for them out of our oven that we have in our kitchen in there and they just can't be more appreciative of us being here, you know, giving them some comfort food," said Salvation Army volunteer Paul Smith.

Texas Parks & Wildlife says it's been dragging the lake for more than 40 hours, and everyday they search a wider area. "We do have three witnesses that keep saying we're in the right area, but with each passing day we start the day with a very wide pattern and then narrow back in," said Captain Hand. The large area is one reason workers say it's taking so long to find Castleberry's body.

"The operation eventually would become scaled down to a less intense operation, but we will be here until we make a recovery," said Captain Hand.

Texas Parks & Wildlife says it plans to be back at full force tomorrow, but will scale back its efforts starting on Monday.

Molly Reuter reporting, mreuter@kltv.com

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