Authorities confirmed Sunday that the bodies of Chuck Morris, percussionist for electronic jam band Lotus, and his son, Charlie, were recovered 24 days after the two disappeared while kayaking in Arkansas.
The Benton County Sheriff’s Office began a search effort after Morris and his son were reported missing in the South Lost Bridge Village area of Beaver Lake. Over the weekend, a program Sheriff’s office He posted on his Facebook page that “His efforts have joined forces with Carroll County [Mennonite Disaster Service] and a Christian Aid Ministries search and rescue team … out of Tennessee”, and that they retrieved the bodies using underwater drones in a “challenging environment beyond depths of 180” feet.
“Sherif [Shawn] Holloway, along with Chuck and Charlie’s family, would like to thank all the men and women who donated their time and efforts to help end the family and recover the two missing men. [to] Chuck and Charlie Morris’ family, and we’re grateful today that we can help bring closure.”
Five days after they began searching for Chuck, 47, and Charlie Morris, 20, Lotus posted a photo of the percussionist to Instagram with a caption saying the band was hoping for a miracle.
“But at this point, the search for Chuck and Charlie has moved on to recovery,” Lotus Member Books. “It is not known how long these efforts may take. While we are deeply saddened, we plan to celebrate the lives of Chuck and Charlie, our memories with them, and what they meant to so many people. Thank you to all who have reached out with wonderful words, stories, and emotional and financial support.”
The band also shared a link to the Morris family’s GoFundMe page via a link in their Instagram bio, asking for help supporting the family’s “immediate financial needs”.
On Sunday, the band A.J Tragic update in search of Chuck and Charley, along with a statement from the Morris family via their social media pages.
“The Benton County Sheriff’s Office has notified our family that Charlie Morris has been found. We have determined that the cause of his death was drowning. The teams are still actively looking for Chuck Morris, but we still believe in their work.” On Monday, they added, “Chuck Morris was recovered yesterday. Thanks to the efforts of the local search teams. We appreciate your support at this time.”
The band also announced that they would be holding benefit concerts honoring Chuck and Charlie, with 100% of the net proceeds going to the Morris family.
The first two benefit shows will take place at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver on April 21st and 22nd. According to the band Instagram Page, both Denver shows will feature special guest musicians from friends, former band members, and close collaborators of Lotus and Morris, including Mike Rempel, Steve Clemens, Gabe Otto, Jeff Franca, Alain Aucoin, Dave Watts, Jeff Lloyd, Rohan Prakash, Scotty Zhuang, Jeff Peterson, Anthony Fugit, members of genetics.
Lotus will also host benefit concerts at XL Live in Harrisburg, PA, on May 5 and at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, New York, on May 6.
“Lotus has officially postponed their April West Coast tour which has been hitting Texas, Arizona, California, Oregon and Washington. They are working on rescheduled dates that will be announced soon.” Instagram.
“Tickets to all four benefit shows are now on sale at LotusVibes.com. Fans can also support the Morris family’s immediate financial needs by making a donation at the link in our bio.”
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