JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. — Delbert Kinsey, 56, left his Jefferson County dwelling round 4:20 a.m. on Feb. 19, simply as he usually does.
“We kissed, and we hugged and stated goodbye, stated I really like you,” Marylou Kinsey recalled.
It’s the identical ritual they’ve executed for practically 30 years. However, this time, he didn’t make it to work.
“I went again to mattress laid down, and his boss referred to as me round 6:15,” Marylou stated.
His boss and Marylou retraced routes Delbert might have taken to work. Kinsey is a heavy gear operator and has been a member of the Working Engineers Native 513 union for 25 years. His union stated that is very out of character for him.
Marylou discovered Delbert’s truck on Freeway B close to The Large River. She bought out of the automobile and began searching for him however couldn’t discover him.
“I went to see possibly he bought drained and laid down within the truck or one thing however there was nothing, no keys, no Delbert, no pockets,” Marylou stated.
She referred to as 911 instantly. She stated it is a spot they’ve usually parked to take a look at the river, and they’re each huge nature lovers. She stated it’s attainable Delbert stopped right here to smoke on his method to work, however this isn’t like him to vanish.
“They referred to as in our bloodhound Zeus and his handler to do a monitor. They used an article out of the automobile to provide the canine the scent after which Zeus, the bloodhound, began instantly monitoring Mr. Kinsey’s scent to the bridge. And that’s sadly the place his scent ended proper there,” stated Grant Bissell, public security info coordinator for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Division (JCSD).
Since then, Missouri State Freeway Patrol’s water patrol division has come to go looking the river together with two neighboring fireplace departments. Deputies and detectives from JCSD have additionally searched on the bottom.
“We had quite a few of us really out strolling the banks of the river in that space, we additionally introduced in considered one of our particular operations corporals, who’s our drone pilot, he flew the drone for six hours that day,” Bissell stated.
“The river type of snakes and crosses roads quite a few occasions. There are a variety of river accesses, so a detective has additionally gone to all these close by river accesses to go looking.”
Crews have gone out with boats 4 occasions for the reason that preliminary day of the search. On Thursday, JCSD’s drone pilot was flying over the realm once more. Marylou stated a buddy has additionally been looking with a drone.
The division doesn’t anticipate there was any foul play concerned.
“We’ve executed quite a few interviews with individuals who know Mr. and Mrs. Kinsey, together with the employer’ there. We’ve additionally gone to quite a few companies alongside that route that Mr. Kinsey traveled to get to work to assemble surveillance video, and likewise only recently did an interview with anyone who believes he could have seen Mr. Kinsey within the space of the bridge on that morning,” Bissell stated. “There was a complete lot of effort put into this.”
“Freeway B in that space may be very well-traveled, so we might ask anybody who drove by way of that space on Freeway B, in that Freeway C intersection space within the early morning hours of the nineteenth,” he continued. “If you happen to did occur to see him strolling alongside the highway, doing something, we might love to listen to from you as a result of our detective bureau is monitoring down each lead.”
Marylou stated she’s heard from some witnesses that drove by that there could have been one other automobile parked and one other man with Delbert. She desires to know if that’s true and who it was.
“Plenty of situations we’ve run on our head,” Marylou stated. “Making an attempt to have a bit of bit of religion as a result of if I don’t, there’s no room for a miracle.”
She stated he simply began the method to retire early, and so they had deliberate to maneuver on a waterfront property so Delbert might fish and hunt at any time when they needed.
“I’ve requested God, that if He’s already taken his spirit, to a minimum of give us the remainder so I do know he’s with you,” she stated. “Our final date evening was simply the week earlier than at church.”
She stated they by no means argued, and the one factor they might argue about was the place to exit for dinner.
“I really like him and he is aware of I really like him,” she added.
She stated the day he went lacking, the river was excessive and the close by land was stuffed with water. Marylou stated he was carrying his fluorescent inexperienced/yellow work shirt, along with his firm identify and his first identify on it, together with work pants, steel-toed boots, a baseball cap, and a light-weight camo jacket.
“I simply need all people that’s on this river, or down the river, or flooded property, to be conserving a watch out for him,” she stated.
On Saturday morning, three teams of kayakers from St. Louis County are coming to the Large River to assist with the search.
Anybody with info is urged to contact Jefferson County Sheriff’s Workplace Detective Hollie Lunsford at 636-797-5515.