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Fears mount for missing Lotus drummer and son as search 'moves to recovery'

Mar 23, 2023

Fears have grown for the welfare of Chuck Norris and his son after they went missing one week ago.

The Lotus drummer, 46, and Charlie, 20, vanished while kayaking on Beaver Lake in Arkansas during a Spring Break family getaway.

That was last Thursday, and the pair have not returned.

Chuck’s wife Jennifer Thompson contacted the police, and a recovery effort has now been launched.

Investigators have spent the past few days searching the area where the pair were last seen, in the hopes of finding them.

On the first night of the search, the kayak they had used was found.

The next day, police found the drummer’s hat and coat.

Sharing an update with their fans, Chuck’s Lotus bandmates have said they were ‘hoping for a miracle’ but are ‘deeply grieving’.

‘We were all hoping for a miracle, but at this point, the search for Chuck and Charley has moved to a recovery’, they penned on Facebook.

‘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.’

Their statement concluded: ‘Thank you to all who have reached out with fond words, stories, emotional and financial support.’

While details of what might have happened are unknown, Chuck’s wife Jennifer did speak to ABC News.

She said that she believes her husband and son drowned after one fell into the cold lake and the other tried to rescue them.

‘What saved me from the beginning of this is that they died together; they were together,’ she said.

Following their initial disappearance, Jennifer explained that the musician and Charlie – a sophomore at Ohio Wesleyan University who aspired to be a lawyer – ventured out kayaking on the lake, despite there being strong currents and three-foot waves. 

‘We thought it would be a great idea for Chuck and Charlie to be able to get on the kayaks before a storm hit,’ she said.

Jennifer and their 12-year-old daughter decided to go into town instead, but Chuck and Charlie were not home when they got back.

‘We got home, and they weren’t back yet. My husband being the adventurer that he is, we’re like, “Oh, they must be having a great time”,’ she said.H

However, their panic began to increase as time ticked by.

Now, the relatives of the father and son have confirmed Benton County Sheriff’s Office and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, and the commanders leading the search and recovery activities, are ‘in agreement as to the fate and probable location of Chuck and Charley.’

A statement released by the family said the ‘weather and other elements created a perfect storm on the lake, and in the lake, that was unsurvivable.’

They added: ‘We are overwhelmed by the love from around the world for Chuck and Charley, and we will celebrate their lives and contributions to the world in gatherings that will be announced in coming days and weeks.’ 

A GoFundMe page has been set up to cover expenses.

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