PACIFIC, Mo. (KMOX) — With no evidence of a drowning or a crime, authorities are no longer searching along the Meramec River for a pair of missing fishermen.

St. Louis County Police are now classifying the disappearance of 36-year-old Michael Hill and his 16-year-old son David as a “missing persons” case.

The two from Beach Park, Illinois were last seen at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, along the Meramec River near the Pacific Pallisades. They were searching for a fishing spot along the river. Michael’s wife, Dawn Hill reported them missing about two hours later.

Michael and David were wearing flannel shirts and blue jeans. Michael has a long beard.

Officer Randy Vaughn, a spokesman for the St. Louis County Police Department says there is no evidence the two have drowned.

“They didn’t have a boat, they didn’t have waders,” Vaughn tells KMOX. “They had numerous bags of fishing material and none of that stuff was found.”

Vaughn says as of right now, his department will handover the case to officials in Illinois and Michigan, both states where Michael Hill has lived.

Dawn is on leave, she is stationed at a naval base in Seattle. She is currently in the St. Louis area with her young grandson.

Anyone with information on Michael or David’s whereabouts is asked to contact St. Louis County Police at (314) 889-2341.


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