Authorities scour Lake Grapevine trail network for missing cyclist Andrew Hixson
UPDATE: Flower Mound police officers have located a body believed to be Wesley Andrew Hixson in a ravine near Twin Coves Marina. His body is being transported to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office to determine a cause of death.
Local authorities are using ground, air and water units to search for a missing cyclist who crashed his bike on Saturday at Murrell Park in Flower Mound.
Wesley Andrew Hixson, 30, was last seen at 10 am on June 21, when he separated from a friend who was also riding on the Lake Grapevine trail system. Hixson's friend contacted the Flower Mound Police Department around 2 pm, and a team of trained rescuers began searching the area.
Before going missing, Hixson crashed his bike and may have suffered a head injury.
Prior to separating from his riding partner, Hixson crashed his bike and may have suffered a head injury. Hixson was reportedly wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and continued riding.
According to police, the search team has covered more than 1,500 acres and included assistance from officers on bikes, boats and helicopters, as well K-9 units and the Flower Mound Fire Department. Authorities have recovered Hixson's vehicle, which contained his cellphone.
"Search efforts have not resulted in any useable information as to the location of Hixson," police said in a June 22 statement. "Our hope is that he has made his way outside of the park and is safe and secure."
On social media, many people asked to help search for Hixson, but the police are asking the public not to get involved.
"We have numerous highly trained resources deployed in the area at this time. We ask that citizens please stay out of Murrell Park and trail systems to allow personnel to focus their efforts most effectively," police said, highlighting the "hazardous search conditions" and the added complications of untrained, volunteer search parties.
Hixson was least seen wearing a black T-shirt, black shorts and sunglasses. Anyone with information on his possible whereabouts is asked to call 972-539-0525.