Search for Clyde Oswald has been suspended

MOBRIDGE, S.D.(DRGNews)- The search for a 70 year old man from Wakpala last seen on Lake Oahe near Mobridge Jan. 27, 2022, has been suspended until the ice melts of that segment of the Missouri River.

Corson County Sheriff Alan Dale says they believe Clyde Oswald is most likely in the water because there’s no indication he drove away and his 1996, green Ford Explorer is also missing. Dale says the search will resume when they can safely deploy boats to access areas they haven’t been unable to get to.

The Corson County Sheriff’s Office and Central Diver’s, LLC, from Pierre led yesterday’s search.

Central Divers owner Caleb Gilkerson, who volunteered his time and equipment for the search, says he’s primarily used a magnetometer (mag-na-tom-eter) on the surface of the water. It’s a tool used in oil and gas fields for locating pipes and other related objects. He says remote operated vehicles (ROVs) have also been used.

At some point, emergency responders from around the state have assisted in the search. They include the South Dakota Highway Patrol Air Wing, Standing Rock Game & Fish, South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks, Bureau of Indian Affairs Police Department, South Dakota Highway Patrol, Civil Air Patrol, Carlson Services, Pierre Fire & Rescue, Pennington County/Rapid City Search & Rescue, Brown County Search & Rescue, Codington County Search & Rescue, Walworth County Office of Emergency Management, Corson County Office of Emergency Management and the South Dakota Office of Emergency Management.