Havonnah Johnson, News 9
PARK HILL, Oklahoma -- Friends and family are holding out hope search crews will find two men who may have drowned over the holiday weekend. Brandon Davis, 29 and Micah McClain, 25 were last seen Sunday in the party cove area of Lake Tenkiller.
Julie Johnston says her brother Brandon went to the lake almost every weekend to wakeboard, surf or swim. Johnston said Brandon's friend Micah is also an avid swimmer.
While officials believe they will recover the bodies, the men's families believe the men aren't dead in the water.
"I refuse to leave here until we find him. I refuse to leave here until we find my brother and no I have not given up. I believe my brother is out there somewhere and somebody has him," Johnston said.
Authorities spent the day canvassing Lake Tenkiller, shifting focus to recovering bodies. Brandon's sister, told News 9 her brother is a jokester who loves the ladies and water.
"There was a girl talking to him she turned around and started talking to somebody else. He turned around and started fixing his hair and adjusting his glasses like he was going to go talk to some girl or something," Johnston said.
According to his sister, when the girl turned around, Brandon was gone. Micah reportedly went in the water after Brandon. Neither man has been seen since Sunday at 4 p.m.
"My brother and Micah were avid swimmers. I refuse to believe they drowned," Johnston said.
While deputies search underwater using sonar technology, family and friends are actively participating in the recovery by exchanging information on Facebook. More than 2,300 people are offering prayers and encouraging messages while asking for clues that may solve this Labor Day mystery.
"If they are in the water we can't save them. But if they are on land and they are still alive and we are focusing only on water then they are suffering somewhere," Johnston said.
The families of both men have asked anyone with trained bloodhounds or dogs to offer animals for a land search by going to their Facebook page.
Authorities will resume the search Wednesday morning.