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Search becomes recovery mission for missing Trophy Club dad after toddler found near Lake Grapevine

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UPDATE - Matthew Meinert's body was found in Denton Creek near where is boat was discovered. 

TROPHY CLUB - A two-year-old boy who went missing after a boating trip with his father on Monday has been found safe, but the search for his father continues. What began as a search and rescue has now become a recovery mission to find Matthew Meinert.

Police say the toddler, Oliver Meinert, walked right up to a game warden and a Flower Mound police officer from the woods around Denton Creek, near Lake Grapevine. The boy had a few scratches, but was otherwise in good condition.

Authorities found the boat of Oliver's father, Matthew, abandoned at the creek's boat launch. Oliver was not able to tell police where is father was. They recovered fishing gear, shoes, and a cellphone.

Drones, boats, and canines were initially involved in the search for Matthew, but officials changed the operation Thursday to land and air crews being available, but no longer actively searching. “We’ve looked at every stick and every rock. We tried everything we could, to no avail,” Texas Game Warden Cliff Swofford told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Game wardens are still searching the water and banks several times a day, based on evidence indicating the 38-year-old may have gone into the water.

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