By Philip Jankowski
Killeen Daily Herald
Bell County and Temple law enforcement are seeking the public's help to locate a Temple man who has been missing for more than a week.
Clifford Anthony Manuel, 53, has not been seen by family or reported to work since Jan. 31.
Manuel is described as a black male, 5 feet, 11 inches tall, weighing 170 pounds. He has black and gray hair and brown eyes.
Officials believe Manuel disappeared near McGregor Park at Belton Lake. Manuel's car was located Feb. 2 near a small airstrip used for small remote-controlled airplanes.
According to a news release from the Bell County Sheriff's Department, officials found Manuel's car in the parking lot of Temple Aero Modelers inside the park.
A jacket and remote control for a model plane were found north of the airstrip near a fence post.
Officials from the sheriff's department, Temple Police Department, Corps Rangers and the Texas Department of Public Safety began searching the night they located Manuel's car.
The next day, a pair of boots and a cap were located near the shore of Belton Lake. Authorities searched the lake with radar, and the area was searched by helicopter.
Despite not locating Manuel, who is employed with the Temple Daily Telegram, Sgt. Brad Hunt from TPD said he remains hopeful.
"If someone has seen him or spoken to him, or if Manuel could contact us that would be the best scenario," Hunt said. "We've exhausted what we can, that's why we're asking for help from the public."
Hunt said one theory is that Manuel had been operating a remote-controlled airplane that became lost in the woods at the time of his disappearance. However, no evidence beyond the location of the car and the remote control corroborate the theory.