Search Continues for Missing Teen in Imperial

By Camaron Abundes 
NewsWest 9

IMPERIAL- The search for Frazier Riggs, 19, continues at the Imperial Reservoir. Pecos County Sheriff's deputies, EMS crews out of Fort Stockton, DPS Troopers, Texas Parks and Wildlife members, and the Fort Stockton Fire Department responded Thursday night to a call about a disappearance of a teen. Crews say Riggs vanished into the murky water after somehow falling off a jet ski.

"Right now, we're just in an intensive search," Pecos County Sheriff, Cliff Harris said, during the overnight search and rescue.

"Alot of the family got here during the night, with some hope but based on what has been happening today we're not having any success in finding him. I think we're starting to realize we may not," Mel Riggs, uncle of Frazier Riggs who added he still hopes his nephew will turn up, said.

High winds slowed rescuers Friday afternoon. Crews dragging the bed of the reservoir spent the day battling choppy waves started by the wind.

"We're having a hard time doing that, because the wind is not letting us do it in a straight line," Sheriff Harris, said.

After almost 24 hours of searching, the family of Frazier Riggs waited for closure.
 
"I've always been really proud of him," Mel Riggs said, "He was a great kid, He always had big smile on his face."

Frazier Riggs is the son of Pecos County Commissioner George Riggs.

"My brother, that's the hardest thing," Mel Riggs, who has a son four days younger than Frazier, about how the tragedy is affecting his family, said.

Family members tell NewsWest Nine, the teen was an excellent swimmer and diver, but officials say he was not wearing a life jacket.