Deputies search river for missing Catawba County man

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CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. - Deputies with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office used a kayak and canoe to search for a 70-year-old man missing for a week. Deputies searched a two-mile stretch of Catawba River for six hours Thursday.

Ken Mohler went missing last Thursday from his job at Gregory Wood Products. Investigators suspected foul play when they found his truck at the business and his cellphone and keys covered by dirt.

Deputies said they won't stop searching until they get answers. They want to rule out the town of Newton as a possible location someone could have taken the 70-year-old because it’s so close to Gregory Wood Products.

“We’re not going to give up,” said Sgt. David Eckard with Catawba County Sheriff's Office. “We're not going to stop. We are doing this for the family. It is important for them. It is important for us."

Several family members of Mohler came from Pennsylvania to help with the search.