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1/24/06-Lake Palestine

Missing Boy Found In Lake Palestine

The search for a missing nine year old boy is over. One week ago today, Cade Castleberry got in a small fishing boat that floated too far off the shore of Lake Palestine. Eye-witnesses say, then, he either jumped or fell overboard.

The recovery effort has been underway in Lakeway Harbor since last Tuesday night.  After 7 long, heartbreaking days,  Texas game wardens were finally able to return Cade to his family.  They've been anxiously waiting for someone to find him.

Melissa Brown is Cade's aunt.  She said, "We're very thankful, because that was the worst part, was waiting on him. Now, that we have him back, we can start grieving properly."

Rescuers worked more than 50 hours dragging the lake bottom. Helicopters, and divers searched too. For a while, it seemed they might not ever find him, but no one was willing to give up.

Smith County Game Warden Chris Green said,  "The family stood up here, and stood vigil the whole time we were here. So, it makes you want to work for them, because they care enough to be out here, we're going to try and go over and above to try and help them out. To try and bring closure."

The family says the community support has truly helped them during this tragedy.

"The Salvation Army has been wonderful. The Alert team that came and dove for him, I want to tell them thank you. And the rescue team, especially Chris Green and Larry Hand, cause they've been totally personal with us, and kept us up to date, and treated us like family."

Now, as they try to move forward, a small cross reminds them of the boy they say always left them with a great big smile.

"He was really sweet. He just had a really good heart, and he was a sweet kid with lots of love," Brown said.

Cade's family told us his mother is single, and she has three other young children. They set up a fund to help out with Cade's funeral arrangements. If you'd like to help, you can make a donation at any Austin State Bank or Southside Bank.

Lindsay Wilcox, reporting.  lwilcox@kltv.com

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