Search for Missing Bicyclist Underway at Lake Grapevine

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    The search continued Monday morning for Wesley Hixson, 30, who went missing while biking trails in Murrell Park with his friends. Police said Hixson crashed his bike and believe he might have a head injury. (Published Monday, June 23, 2014)

    Authorities from several agencies are searching for a missing bicyclist on the trails at Lake Grapevine's Murrell Park.

    Flower Mound police say 30-year-old Wesley Andrew Hixson, of Roanoke, got separated from his riding partner on the North Shore Trial, he was last seen at 10 a.m. Saturday.

    Massive Search Continues for Missing Biker

    [DFW] Massive Search Continues for Missing Biker
    Hundreds searched for Wesley Hixson who went missing while mountain biking Saturday morning along the North Shore Trail near Lake Grapevine. (Published Sunday, June 22, 2014)

    "This trail is so rugged  you can be riding with someone and be separated from them because of the windy up and down turns," said Flower Mound Police Capt. Richards Brooks.

    Police say Hixson crashed his mountain bike prior to getting separated and may have suffered a head injury and could be disoriented somewhere along the 23-mile bike trail.

    Search for Missing Bicyclist Underway at Lake Grapevine

    [DFW] Search for Missing Bicyclist Underway at Lake Grapevine
    Authorities from several agencies are searching the trails at Murrell Park on Lake Grapevine for missing bicyclist 30-year-old Wesley Andrew Hixson. (Published Sunday, June 22, 2014)

    "This is rough rugged terrain," said Brooks. "The back trail is densely covered, [there's] a lot of rock and a lot of changes in elevation. It's a difficult area to search."

    Hundreds of volunteers and several emergency agencies joined the search, including more than 100 Arlington firefighters. Many of them were off-duty and came to support one of their own. Hixson's father is a veteran firefighter with the department.

    "It's emotionally draining and you see it," said Lt. Lee Tovar with the Arlington Fire Department. "But we're here for him, everyone is here for him."

    Crews searched through 39 square miles of wet and muddy terrain, while not giving up hope.

    "Right now we're searching everywhere," said Tovar. "We''re not leaving any space behind. We don't know what happened. We don't know where he’s at."

    Bike patrol officers, boats, the Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter, Flower Mound police and fire personnel as well as Texas Parks and Wildlife life personnel and K9 teams have been searching the area for a day and a half.

    Hixson's vehicle, with his cell phone inside, was located at Rockledge Park, according to Flower Mound police.

    Hixson was last seen wearing a black t-shirt, black shorts, a black helmet and sunglasses.

    Anyone with information on Hixson's whereabouts is asked to call 972-539-0525.

    NBC 5's Johnny Archer contributed to this report.