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Search dogs called in to look for missing man in Greene County

Linus, a golden retriever, is helping out in the search for missing man Kevin Gray. Source: Kelvin Reynolds/WBRC Linus, a golden retriever, is helping out in the search for missing man Kevin Gray. Source: Kelvin Reynolds/WBRC
Kevin Gray has been missing since the car he and his brother were in plunged into the Black Warrior River. Source: Lashon Gray Kevin Gray has been missing since the car he and his brother were in plunged into the Black Warrior River. Source: Lashon Gray
People embrace at the site of the search for Kevin Gray, who has been missing since Sunday. Source: Kelvin Reynolds/WBRC People embrace at the site of the search for Kevin Gray, who has been missing since Sunday. Source: Kelvin Reynolds/WBRC
The Dodge Challenger was pulled from the Black Warrior River Monday afternoon. Source: WBRC video The Dodge Challenger was pulled from the Black Warrior River Monday afternoon. Source: WBRC video
GREENE COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

Search crews returned to the Black Warrior River in Greene County for the fifth day to look for missing man Kevin Gray.

Gray hasn't been seen since a car carrying him and his brother ran off the road and into the river on Sunday night.

Gray's family is combing the woods along the Black Warrior River. His cousin, Mattie Gray, says they aren't losing hope.

"So we can get closure. It's very important. We are trying to find him," Gray said.

Armed with determination and long sticks that would easily pass for staffs, they're turning over every leaf to find a clue to his whereabouts. They're looking for " just anything, a shoe, a shirt, anything...a sign of him if he got out," his cousin said.

Tracking dogs with the North Alabama Search Dog Association were called out on Friday to assist in the search. The dogs are trained to sniff out people in the woods or bodies in the water.

"We've trained a specific behavior that says hey, I have found either a live person or a deceased person," Janet Geist with the North Alabama Search Dog Association said.

Investigators say Gray and his brother were in a Dodge Challenger when it crashed in the river Sunday.

"I investigated numerous collisions, some of which were in waterways. Most bodies were recovered within a day or two. But this is the longest search I worked," Greene County Sheriff Benison said.

The sheriff says they'll turn the search over to state authorities after Saturday. But Mattie Gray says friends and family won't stop looking until he's found.

"No, we will never lose hope. No," she said.

Sheriff Benison says they'll have an organized search again Saturday morning that will include divers.

After that, it will be up state troopers and marine police decide how much manpower to put towards the search if Gray hasn't been found.

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