For Frank Wilcox, not a year has gone by that he hasn’t looked at Folsom Lake and wondered where his brother Glen Emmitt was.
“He took a plane ride and that was the last thing he ever did,” Wilcox said.
The plane Emmitt was in crashed into another aircraft on New Year’s Day 1965. That plane and its three passengers have been sitting on the bottom of Folsom Lake for nearly five decades but Wilcox believes this is the year he can finally bring his brother home.
“This is something we have been working on for a long time, something I have done without saying anything to anybody for a very long time and you don’t get very many opportunities like this with the water the way it is so this is the time,” Wilcox said.
Friday was the second day Wilcox has been out with a special sonar team and Sheriff’s deputies from Placer and El Dorado counties, looking at the bottom of Folsom Lake.
“The bottom of the lake is very different than we expected it to be,” Wilcox said.
Despite the lake being more shallow, the search is still difficult.
“The sonar would show any abnormality in the pattern of the lake. You can see the rocks and tree stumps,” Placer County Sheriff’s spokesperson Dena Erwin said. “There are a lot of little canyons in Folsom Lake. Bodies [or the] fuselage of the airplane could be in one of those little canyons and hard to find.”
So far, crews have scanned most of Folsom Lake. They have found and marked several places the plane could be.