May 5, 2018 a boater on Lake Travis called 911 and reported that a family
member swimming near their boat went underwater and never resurfaced. Efforts
to locate the missing swimmer, MANUEL SALAS, 53 of Elgin, have been
unsuccessful to date.
assisted by other agencies, has been searching for Salas during daylight hours
every day since he was reported missing. The search efforts have included the
utilization of Starfish Surface Search Sonar, Hammerhead Tripod-Mounted
Mechanical Search Sonar, Cline Deep Sidescan Sonar and two Remote Operated
Vehicles (ROVs). APD EOD Deep Divers were on the water Monday – Thursday and
searched potential targets identified via sonar. DPS 100 Helicopter conducted
aerial searches. TCSO Lake Patrol Deputies operated sonar, conducted grid
searches and shoreline searches. K9s were also utilized in the search efforts.
The area searched is ten times greater than the area where Salas was reportedly
last seen. The water in that part of Lake Travis is 130-150 feet deep (equivalent
to a 15 story building).
Patrol Deputies will continue to respond to calls on Lake Travis and while on
duty, will also conduct surface and shoreline searches. Sonar and Dive Team
searches will be discontinued.
grateful to all the local agencies who assisted in the search and we extend our
deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Salas as they face this difficult