Missing man's family holds onto hope

SANDUSKY As the days go by with no answers, family members of Dwayne Merva hold onto their hope.
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

As the days go by with no answers, family members of Dwayne Merva hold onto their hope.

Sandusky police and firefighters continue the search for Merva, missing since last Saturday.

Dwayne's brother, Greg, said his brother's friends take to the water in their boats looking for him. Greg drives down from Cleveland after work.

"Every day is a little bit harder; but you've got to keep hope," Greg said. "We've got to get answers."

Local officials haven't given up, either.

Sandusky fire Chief Mike Meinzer said his dive team will search the water around Dock B at the Venetian Marina for the third time on Monday if Dwayne is not found by then.

He said he expects to put four men into the water for a longer dive in a larger area.

"We'll try to give some closure for the family," Meinzer said.

Dwayne's parents have already lost one child.

Greg said his sister, their daughter, died suddenly in 1983.

Greg said employees at Marco's Pizza will distribute flyers with their deliveries. Dwayne worked at Marco's and for the Venetian Marina as a yard technician.

"Everyone's been going above and beyond," Greg said.

Dwayne was reported missing Monday afternoon when he did not show up for work at the marina.

His gate code was used early Sunday morning to enter the marina, where his boat was docked.

On Saturday, he told his friend Danny Goins Jr. he was going to stay on the boat.

Dwayne's vehicle and boat were found at the marina, the keys still in the boat.

No blood was found on the boat, officials have said.

Detectives also searched Dwayne's trailer and vehicles but found nothing suspicious.

Dwayne is described as 5 feet, 11 inches tall, weighing 170 pounds. An incorrect spelling of his first name appeared in previous articles because of incorrect information provided to the paper.

Anyone with information can call the Sandusky Police Department at 419-627-5863.