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Family of missing man in Greene Co. conduct own search

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     The search for a missing man in Greene County was scaled back Wednesday. There were not any divers in the Black Warrior River looking for 42-year old Kevin Gray. He's been missing since a car he and his brother were said to be in plunged into the water late Sunday afternoon.

     Smith, who escaped has told authorities confusing, at times conflicting stories according to sources.  However, he maintains they were testing the speed of the 2014 Dodge Challenger which their niece rented out of Birmingham.

     According to officials, Smith says they hit the water - both got out after kicking out the back window and then the vehicle started sinking five minutes later.

     It was recovered Monday night, but there are still no signs of Gray.

     On Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, divers combed the area and entire depth of the water where they believed Gray's deceased body would be if still in the water.  But, the exhausting search has turned up nothing, including an aerial and foot search of the surrounding  banks of Lock 7 boating ramp.

     Wednesday, Gray's father, Lovell Finley from Louisiana arrived in town upset.   He says he doesn't believe enough water and ground has been covered in the hunt for his son.  "Look around, this place is deserted somewhat and we just want to make sure he didn't climb up and hurt lying out in the woods somewhere," explained Finley.

     About five other relatives of Gray joined Finley in their own foot search which lasted less than an hour.

     Meanwhile, one boat with Alabama Marine police canvassed the area using sonar underwater sensors.  Greene County Sheriff investigators say they are still conducting a surface level water search in the area, outside the grid which divers covered earlier this week.