Search continues for missing Lake Mead boaters

Leona Dixon-Spann knew her brother was dead when she received a phone call Friday afternoon.

“When I heard they found an unresponsive man, I felt it in my heart that it was my brother,” she said.

Oscar Dixon Jr., 48, of North Las Vegas left Wednesday for a boating trip to Lake Mead with two friends. The three men were reported missing the following night after failing to check in with family members.Their truck was found at the launch ramp that night, according to National Park Service spokeswoman Christie Vanover.

Search efforts began Friday morning, and their vessel was discovered 11:30 a.m. in Echo Bay, Vanover said.

Las Vegas police found Dixon’s body at 2:30 p.m. Friday, about a half-mile north of the overturned boat.

About 100 people from the National Park Service, Nevada Department of Wildlife, Red Rock Search and Rescue and Las Vegas police began a search that spanned seven miles on both Arizona and Nevada sides of the lake.

Efforts to recover the other two boaters continued but were scaled back Sunday. Teams found some personal items and concentrated efforts in that area, but they did not find anyone.

Dixon-Spann, 52, said the three men were like brothers. The families of the other men don’t want to release any information until they know the outcome of the search.

“We’re all still in limbo until we know,” she said. “My brother didn’t have brothers, but those two were his brothers. They were like family.”

The National Park Service and Nevada Department of Wildlife are conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the accident. Crews will continue to search the water for seven to eight hours per day for the next week, Vanover said.

Contact reporter Wesley Juhl at wjuhl@reviewjournal.com and 702-742-3016. Follow him on Twitter @WesJuhl. Contact reporter Kimber Laux at klaux@reviewjournal.com or at 702-383-0391.