JUSTIN LEWIS, Age Now: 15, Missing: 05/28/2012. Missing From DEERFIELD, SD. ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT: Pennington County Sheriff's Office (South Dakota) 1-605-394-2151.
Case Type: Endangered Missing
Circumstances: Justin was last seen on May 28, 2012 at approximately 2:45 p.m.. He was last known to be wearing a flannel shirt, blue jeans, and a U.S. Coast Guard ball cap.
Last edited by Salem; 06-13-2012 at 09:48 PM.
Teen missing after kayaking in Black Hills
South Dakota authorities are searching the Deerfield Lake area in the Black Hills for a missing teenager whose kayak was found in the water.
Missing Teen Called 'Survivor' As Search Continues
After searching through the night and much of Tuesday, officials are still looking for a 15-year-old boy who has been missing since his mother dropped him off at Deerfield Lake to go kayaking Monday afternoon.
The Pennington County Sheriff's Department, Search and Rescue, and multiple local fire departments are searching for 15-year-old Justin Lewis around the lake. Because Lewis is from the area, the search is personal for many of the rescuers.
Update: 100 people join search for missing teen
Approximately 100 people joined the search for Justin Lewis, 15, who has been missing in the Black Hills since Monday afternoon.
Search For Missing 15-year Old Suspened For Second Night
The search for 15 year old Justin Lewis of Hill City has been suspended for the evening. It will resume again Thursday morning.
Ground Search For Missing SD Teen Halted
Authorities are calling off a ground search for a South Dakota teenager who went missing while kayaking at Deerfield Lake in the Black Hills after they were unable to find him.
The Pennington County Sheriff's Office said Thursday evening that the search operation has transitioned to a recovery operation.
Saturday search for missing teen unsuccessful
The Pennington County Sheriff's office concluded another unsuccessful search Saturday for the Hill City teen who went missing at Deerfield Lake.
"It’s unchanged. They didn't locate anything new today," said Cpl. Todd Battest with the sheriff's office.
Battest said the sheriff's office planned to continue the water search Sunday with the help of two sonar boats from South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks.
JUSTIN LEWIS, Age Now: 16, Missing: 05/28/2012. Missing From DEERFIELD, SD. ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT: Pennington County Sheriff's Office (South Dakota) 1-605-394-2151.
13 minutes ago • Holly Meyer Journal staff
Short article at link
This is a sad story. Boating is being restricted on the lake and divers are still searching. If he did in fact drown, I hope his remains are found for his family's sake.
This is so upsetting! Do they suspect he fell out of the boat and drowned??
I am praying for his loved ones and that he is found alive.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
By Carrie Moore
A week after his disappearance, the case of missing Hill City teenager Justin Lewis, 15, is still ongoing.
12 hours ago • Ruth Moon Journal staff
Officials plan to resume a nearly two-week-long search for a missing teen at Deerfield Lake today if weather allows, according to a news release from the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office.
I hope he didn't drown. We were visiting in that area a few years ago and there is almost no crime there.
Last edited by Jacie Estes; 06-09-2012 at 11:01 AM.
Lake reopens as search for teen missing 15-year-old kayaker continues
A lake southwest of Rapid City has reopened to boat traffic while authorities continue searching for the body of a teenage boy who disappeared while kayaking.
The search for a missing Hill City teen will continue Monday morning at Deerfield Lake, according to Sgt. Walter Eichler, of the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities’ weekend efforts were unsuccessful in locating 15-year-old Justin Lewis, who was reported missing Monday, May 28, when he did not show up to meet his mother after a solo kayaking trip at the lake.
Deep-water search dogs from Colorado and a sonar and robotics team from Idaho will assist local authorities this week in the recovery of a missing Hill City teen at Deerfield Lake.
With great sadness:
Authorities recovered a body from Deerfield Lake at 5 p.m. today, according to a news release from the Pennington County Sheriff's Office.
No confirmation yet, prayers offered to the Lewis family.
Oh my....so sad by this news. Praying for this dear family. I know they have been worried sick about their boy. If this is Justin, then at least they will know what happened. That is some closure, at least.
My heartfelt prayers going out to them....
Article has been updated and it is confirmed that it is Justin Lewis
"If everybody is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking." George S. Patton, Jr.
The recovery ends an emotional search by no less than 10 agencies and more than 200 volunteers.
Condolences and healing prayers to the family and loved ones of this child!
My heart aches for them.
Huge appreciation to all of the volunteers and professionals who searched for him!
The loss of a child is difficult, Justin was a fine young man who would have been an even finer man. The Guest Book is at the link, condolences to his family.
Justin Case Lewis
June 6, 1996 to May 28, 2012
HILL CITY | Justin embraced life and found the joy in every moment.
Justin participated in cross country, high school club soccer, Civil Air Patrol, drama, scholastic extracurricular activities, and band. Justin maintained high academic standards in pursuit of his goal to become a nuclear engineer.
Justin's family will miss him; he is a very important part of his family, as a son, a brother, an uncle, a grandson, nephew and a cousin.
Justin was a good friend to many; he saw the excellence in all people. He always knew that his friends and peers could achieve all their dreams, and he was very willing to help them in this pursuit.
Justin will be missed every day, smile when you remember him and wish you could share an experience with him.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday June 16, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Canyon Lake Drive in Rapid City.
Jacie ... thank you for an absolutely beauiful post!
Vigil held for SD teen who drowned while kayaking
Hill City teenagers helped plan the vigil Sunday night that including the lighting of candles, singing and the release of balloons
Friends, family, and community members join together to honor the memory of Justin Lewis video at this link:
With the releasing of bright yellow balloons, the lighting of candles, and the singing of Amazing Grace, people in Hill City tried to heal their hearts and find peace.
A group of Hill City teenagers helped plan a vigil Sunday night to honor the memory of Justin Lewis.
Lewis, 15, went missing on Memorial Day at Deerfield Lake. An anxious search at the lake grabbed the attention of people throughout the region. His body was found about two weeks later.
Hundreds gathered at a Hill City soccer field Sunday night, the same field where Justin practiced with his club soccer team.
Members of the soccer team presented Justin's family with a signed soccer ball, a frame with Justin's retired number 6 jersey, and roses.