Velcro Pygmies lead singer says band hoping for 'best news' on missing bass player and brother
The band Velcro Pygmies calls Kentucky home -- and today, thousands of local fans are offering thoughts and prayers for its missing member.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- They're known for electric shows full of excitement -- but the sounds of the Velcro Pygmies have been silenced by the search for one of their own.
Bass guitar player Jacob Sanders and his brother Jeremiah Sanders disappeared Wednesday night during a fishing trip on the Tennessee River.
"We are in Florence, Alabama," said Cameron Flener, the band's lead singer "Their boat was found overturned at the Singing River Bridge."
Flener said the boat was damaged but it's unclear how it happened.
"We don't know if they were pulled under, or if hopefully, they ended up floating downstream a few miles and they're sitting on the bank real mad we haven't picked them up yet," Flener said.
Flener started the Velcro Pygmies in Louisville. At age 24, Jacob is the youngest and newest member. News of his disappearance brought hundreds of volunteers from four states to help in the search, looking by air, land and water.
"I think what's made me the most emotional is seeing how important Jacob was to so many people, and to know they cared so much about him," Flener said.
The Pygmies return to Louisville every few months. Even though all the members now live out of state, the band still calls this home. They're scheduled to play the chow wagon for the Kentucky Derby Festival in May -- and at Diamond Pub and Billiards in the Highlands on Derby Eve.
"They definitely bring a show every time," said Jared Matthews, general manager of Diamond Pub and Billiards.
But all concerts are canceled until further notice.
"Obviously the number one goal is to find them, and hopefully they are safe and everything is okay," Matthews said.
Authorities say the search is being hampered by weather conditions. Friends and family are bracing for the worst, but hoping for the best.
"Officially they have turned it into a recovery mission," Flener said. "But as far as we are concerned, it's a rescue mission."
They're hoping this song ends on a high note.
"And until we know for sure, we won't accept anything but the best news," Flener said.
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