POTTSBORO — An elderly Grayson County man who went missing Feb. 14 was found deceased Wednesday afternoon.
Enoch “Dickie” Dixon, 83, was last seen alive at his home on in the Flowing Wells area west of Pottsboro. The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office began a search for Dixon on Feb. 15, using tracking dogs and a helicopter. The search continued in the following days joined by volunteers.
Earlier reports that the Sheriff’s Office had called off the search on Feb. 16 were incorrect, said Chief Deputy Tom Rains.
Dixon was found almost one mile away from his house near Lake Texoma, said Sheriff Keith Gary. A search volunteer riding a four-wheeler found the body around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in waist-high brush.
“We can’t be sure, but we feel that what happened was he wandered out, and instead of turning right, which would have taken him to some nearby relatives, he turned to the left. And that’s what led him down to near the lake,” Gary said.
In addition to individual volunteers, several groups aided in the search: the organization Community United Effort, the Sheriff’s Office in Texarkana and cadaver dogs from the Bonham prisons. Gary said he is not sure why the cadaver dogs did not find the body.
“People responded very quickly. And we in law enforcement are so thankful that people will come and give up their time and help us,” Gary said.
Dixon’s body was very well-preserved, possibly because of the cold weather, Gary said. The body is now at the Dallas County Medical Examiner, where a cause of death will be determined.