Texas EquuSearch Returns to the Basin to Search for a Missing Ft. Stockton Man

By: Sarah Snyder
NewsWest 9

"I think peace and closure is the most important thing to the family," Joe's Brother Lea Daggett, said.

It's a community wide endeavor - a search to find Joe Daggett, a Ft. Stockton man who went missing 20 years ago.

"I think we've all known what's happened for 20 years, we just need to have some closure," Joe's Father Merrell Daggett, said.

"I really feel like West Texas people all come together and help each other out," Lea Daggett said.

On Friday and Saturday, Texas Equuasearch is teaming up with the Pecos County Sheriff's Office, the Texas Rangers, and volunteers from New Mexico, Florida, and Ohio to search every water well in the Imperial and Ft. Stockton area.

"All the information today that's been brought together for the last 14 months leads to a very direct location and now we finally have information that Mr. Daggett is in the bottom of a well," Search Director Sean Henady, said.

The search this year is different from years past. They're using all types of new technology, but most importantly, a special camera that can fit all the way down inside the well searching for clues.

"They're pulling out all the stops on finding Mr. Daggett," Henady said. "The State police are allowing us to use their helicopter in the zones through the resources of Texas Equusearch and bringing aerial imagery equipment, ATV's, horses, anything we can get our hands on."

They're also using a GPS tracking system to pinpoint each well location.

"The 3 suspects worked together and disposed of Mr. Daggett, and put him in the bottom of a well," Henady said.

The search got underway after 2:00 on Friday and will continue through Saturday evening in the Ft. Stockton area.

"I think we're getting really close to closing this chapter and taking a lot of stress off the family," Lea Daggett said.

"I appreciate everyone coming out more than I can say," Merrell Daggett said. "I think it's great they're willing to come out and help. I just hope we can come up with an answer."