Officials Suspend Search for Missing UNR Athlete for the Day

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RENO, Nev. (AP) — Authorities are suspending the search today for a University of Nevada, Reno football player who went missing in Lake Tahoe while paddle boarding.

KOLO-TV reports that the Placer County Sheriff's Office says it has exhausted all its options today in the search for 20-year-old Marc Ma, who went missing Friday.

The sheriff's office told the station they are waiting for special search teams that use sonar, which could take two or three days.

According to a news release, Ma was on a paddle board trip with several football players Friday afternoon.

The group was paddle boarding off Lake Tahoe's west shore when they encountered strong winds.

Ma's board was found adrift.

Ma, who is from Honolulu, Hawaii, is listed on the Nevada Wolf Pack website as a sophomore who plays defensive end.

Although officials have not located or pronounced Ma dead, the football program's head coach, Brian Polian, and Athletic Director Doug Knuth both released statements reflecting on the athlete.

"The Placer County Sheriff's Office is calling this search one of recovery, not rescue. As such, it is with an incredibly heavy heart that we acknowledge the loss of Marc Ma, a beloved member of our Wolf Pack family," Polian said in a statement.

Knuth said counseling and grief management services are available to all coaches, staff and players."The University comes together in times of need to support the family and each other through this difficult and tragic situation."