A recovery effort is currently underway in Fayetteville, Arkansas, for Lotus percussionist Chuck Morris and his son Charley Morris, multiple outlets are reporting.
The 47-year-old was reported missing with his 20-year-old son on Thursday, after venturing on a kayaking trip on Beaver Lake- a manmade reservoir in the Ozark Mountains in Northwest Arkansas.
Since their disappearance, a search effort was launched which resulted in a failure. Now, reports say that the search effort has been shifted to a recovery operation, with the duo feared to be dead in the wilderness.
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“We were all hoping for a miracle, but at this point, the search for Chuck and Charley has moved to a recovery,” the band said in a statement.
“With help from the K9 team, there is a probable location on the lake, but logistical challenges including temperature, weather, and depth have prevented a recovery thus far. It is unknown how long these efforts may take. While we are deeply grieving, we plan to celebrate Chuck and Charley’s lives, our memories with them, and what they meant to so many people,” it added.
Who is Chuck Morris?
Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1942, Chuck Morris moved to Colorado in the 1970s and quickly became involved in the local music scene.
He started promoting concerts and events and eventually founded CME in 1981. Under Morris’s leadership, Chuck Morris Entertainment has become one of the most successful concert promotion companies in the region, working with some of the biggest names in music, including The Rolling Stones, U2, Bruce Springsteen, and many more.
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He was inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame in 2011, and in 2019, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts. In addition to his work with CME, Morris has also been involved in numerous philanthropic and community initiatives in Colorado.