Interview courtesy of Takedown Radio
The search for a Cedar Rapids man, missing since going for a snowmobile ride on Sunday, entered a second full day this morning.
Martin Davis, 52, had told his girlfriend he would ride towards North Liberty from his home on Club Road. That rural residence is located about halfway between The Eastern Iowa Airport and the Airport National Golf Course.
At least 150 searchers helped comb the area on Monday. Organizers did not have an exact count this morning. However, they expected at least as many to show up again today.
The search parties today included at least 30 employees from Clipper Windpower in Cedar Rapids. Marty Davis is a maintenance man at that company, which manufactures windpower components. The company allowed employees to join the search on company time.
The Linn and Johnson County sheriff’s departments, as well as the Iowa State Patrol, are helping coordinate search efforts. But one deputy told TV9 they are assisting, but not leading, the search at this point.
Searchers this morning were told to start in an area much closer to the Davis residence. Searchers swept through a number of snowmobile trails nearby, so the idea is the missing man may have been on a short trip closer to home, rather than on an extended trip.
Davis’ girlfriend, Tiffany Koss, told TV9 that Davis left the lights on, the television on and the house unlocked, so that’s why she assumed it would just be a short trip. Davis was wearing appropriate winter clothing, but had not taken the heavy clothing necessary for an extended snowmobile trip, Koss said.
Marty Davis was riding a yellow snowmobile and wearing dark clothing and a dark helmet. He is the brother of well-known Hawkeye wrestler Barry Davis, who is now the University of Wisconsin wrestling coach. Davis arrived yesterday to help in the search for the missing man.
– Dave Franzman, KCRG-TV9