GRAYSON COUNTY, TX -- Seven days after he disappeared friends and family of 83-year-old Enoch Dixon are still looking for him -- so is law enforcement -- and now another group is joining the search.
Texas Equusearch will join the Grayson County Sheriff's Office Saturday searching near Pottsboro for Mr. Dixon. News 12 was told the organization is bringing sonar equipment and drones. Dixon's family is hoping the increased search efforts will help bring their loved one home.
"You never give up hope," Jimmy said.
Jimmy Dixon says it has been more than a week since he has seen his father Enoch or "Dicky" Dixon. He vanished around 5:15 last Friday.
"About 5:15 I was in the shower, when I came out he was gone," Jimmy said.
Jimmy says he searched his father's room, the rest of the house and the surrounding property, but there was no trace of Dickey so he called authorities. Chief Deputy Tom Rains, with the Grayson County Sheriff's Office, says they never stopped looking for the missing 83-year-old.
"We've had either a group of our patrol deputies, some have come in on off duty time. We've had our criminal investigation section because we're shorthanded on people," Chief Deputy Rains said.
Rains says they brought in tracking dogs from the Bonham penitentiary to search the area twice. Friday deputies searched on foot and on horseback. Family and friends have not given up either. Dickey's daughter Jo says they will not stop looking until they find him.
"I'm tired and I just want him to come home," Jo said.
"He's a very kind person he'll start a conversation with just about anybody," Jimmy said.
Jimmy says his father, an Army veteran, suffers from Dementia and walked off once before, but was found safe a short time later. Jimmy and Jo believe their father walked to the road and was picked up.
"I don't know where he's at," Jimmy said.
"It just looks like somebody must have picked him up and everybody has searched out here," Jo said.
Dixon's family hopes the renewed search efforts will bring him home safe.
"Please, please keep a lookout for this man. He's very dear to us. We love him," Jimmy said. "Want to know if he's safe and alive. Don't want him to get lost in the system as a John Doe."
Dixon is 5 foot 8 and was last seen wearing jeans, a denim shirt and a gray hat. His family says his clothes are loose on him. They say he lost weight in recent months and is skinnier than he appears in pictures.
If you see Mr. Dixon you are asked to call the Grayson County Sheriff's Office.