Crews still searching river for missing Greene County man

GREENE COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — Search crews are now on their third day or looking for a missing man in the Black Warrior River.

Kevin Gray went missing Sunday when the car he and his brother, Brian Smith, were in hit a guardrail and plunged into the river.

Smith was able to escape the submerged car and make it to shore. Gray, however, was not.

All the while, Gray’s family is holding on to hope.

“[Search crews] are doing a wonderful job, but I just wish they could find him,” said LaShon Gray, Kevin’s wife.

On Tuesday, marine police took more advanced technology – a side imaging unit – out on the water while divers continued grid searches in areas of interest.

Helicopters and deputies also scanned the banks looking for places where Gray could have escaped the river.

That’s what his wife of more than 20 years is hoping happened.

“When he leaves the house, I always know where he is,” she said. “He always calls me. You know, I haven’t gotten a phone call. I listen to his voicemails every day, just to hear his voice.”

Gray and Smith were out driving Gray’s niece’s rental car when it sped through a guardrail and into th river.

Family members are planning a prayer service Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Pine Grove Baptist Church, which is where the family attends church in Greene County.

2014 WIAT-TV CBS42

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