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UPDATE: Search Continues Friday For Missing Teenager Jevon Lemke


UPDATE FRIDAY 3/30/2018 4:39 p.m.

WFRV sister station WKRG (Alabama) reports updates on the search for Jevon Lemke:

The search continued Friday for missing teenager Jevon Lemke. 

Search crews were able to continue after weather affected the search earlier in the week. Volunteers have also stepped up to aid in the search. 

The Fort Morgan Volunteer Fire Department is out looking for the 17-year-old from Wisconsin who was swept away in a rip current Sunday. 

Searchers will use cadaver dogs, boats and divers for one last push to find him. 

Daphne Search and Rescue, as well as North Baldwin Search and Rescue, will assist in recovery efforts Saturday. Officials say they will be searching near the mouth of Mobile Bay east to Perdido Pass. 

A group on Dauphin Island is also organizing a search group for this weekend.

Stay tuned to Local 5 for updates to this story.


TUESDAY 3/27/18 10:23 a.m.

The Manitowoc County community is supporting the family of a Reedsville teen who went missing after he rushed into the water to save his dad and stepmom who were being pulled under by a rip current on a beach in Alabama. 

Jevon Lemke has been missing since Sunday, and rescue crews have been losing time as bad weather has delayed some searches.

A vigil was held on Tuesday night for Jevon, where friends of the family and those who have never met Jevon huddled together in prayer.

In Greenleaf, the Wander Springs golf course is holding a fish fry from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday with 10% of sales going to the Lemke family. You can also donate directly to the family through the golf course, which is where Jevon once worked.

Wander Springs is located at 4342 Wayside Road in Greenleaf. 


TUESDAY 3/27/18 12:47 p.m.

A candlelight prayer vigil will be held Tuesday, March 27 at The Gathering Place at 7 p.m. for Jevon Lemke. 

The Gathering Place is a Christian non-profit located at 720 Manitowoc Street, Reedsville, Wisconsin.


TUESDAY 3/27/2018 8:45 a.m.

The Reedsville Public School District sent out a release Tuesday morning: 

Read what they had to say here.


MONDAY 3/26/18 4:51 p.m. 

Friends of Jevon Lemke reached out to Local 5 with their sentiments.

Jevon Lemke is more than a friend, we all count him as family and love him as family.

Jevon's girlfriend and four best friends shed a little light on Jevon's passions in and out of school,

He had an amazing work ethic through football and holding two jobs while going to school.

He was a part of Reedsville football, golf, basketball and track teams.

He also was one of the leading officers for the Alpha Leo Club in Reedsville High School, which really showed how much he loved helping people in need.

The group spoke a little about the time they spent together,

Some of the best times we had with Jevon were some of the simplest; sitting around the fire, or on the couch, during practice, or before a game.

Jevon's friends also told Local 5 a little about his personality,

Jevon Lemke is an amazing guy and he always put other before himself.

He had good grades and his teachers loved having him as a student.

His dream job was working at "blizzard" to make videogames. He wanted to go to college to play football, and he wanted to eventually move to California and own a St. Bernard dog.

He loved playing videogames, hanging out with friends and family, playing football,  and being a goof making everyone laugh, he was really good at that.

In their closing remarks, Lemke's closest friends spoke with one voice,

As friends of his we always knew he was there for us and we could go to him at any time of day or night

Tune in to Local 5 throughout the evening for this story.


MONDAY 3/26/2018 2:42 p.m.

Local 5 reached out to the teen's family directly.

Carrie Holton confirmed her son, 17 year-old Jevon Lemke, was the teen officials have been searching for off the coast of Alabama.

His mom says Jevon was swept away after he was trying to save his stepmom. 

Holton explained to Local 5,

(Jevon) was in spring break with his dad and their family.

His dad (Chris Lemke) and stepmom (Carrie Lemke) got swept into the rip current.

Jevon went in and saved his stepmom and was swept away.

Carrie still expressed hope,

We don’t know that he is dead. I have to have hope he is still alive.

Stay tuned to Local 5 as we continue to learn more from the family.



MONDAY 3/26/2018

Reports out of Mobile, Alabama are that a 16 year-old Reedsville boy has gone missing.

The search, now suspended, was conducted in the Fort Morgan Beach area south of Mobile on the Gulf of Mexico

According to reports, the teen was caught in a rip current and was swept under.

We will update this story as more information is learned.

For more visit Local 5's Alabama sister station WKRG

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