Search for missing river boat captain turns to Central Texas

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(KWTX) The search for a missing river boat captain has turned to Central Texas after authorities legally pinged his cellphone in Temple, but his sister says she doesn’t know why he’d be here.

Lucas Conyers. (Family photo)

Lucas Conyers, 36, was last seen on Jan. 15 in Sikeston, Mo.

He was later identified on surveillance camera at a gas station in Texarkana, Ark.

At around 4 a.m. on Jan. 16, police pinged his cellphone in Temple before the phone was turned off.

A license-plate reader later picked up Conyers’ vehicle in Austin.

“We have no family down there that is also puzzling as to why he would be there. My brother is an amazing man, he always provided for his daughter and is very lovable. I think that is why this is so hard for our family because we don't understand why he's done this,” Conyers’ sister, Bobbie Young said Monday.

Conyers has been a river boat captain for 18 years and often works on the Mississippi River.

“I think it’s been very shocking for his employers because he has never not shown up for work. He has always taken pride in his profession and has never done anything to jeopardize it," Young said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Mississippi County Sheriff’s Office at 1-573-683-2111.