By Dave Wagner
The Eastern New Mexico University football team called off Tuesday’s practice and traveled to Alamogordo to help search for a former player’s mother who’s been missing since Friday.
ENMU head coach Bud Elliott, his coaching staff and about 50 players participated in the search for Vicky Lynn. She is the mother of Josh Lynn, who played for the Greyhounds from 1997 to 2000 and is also a former assistant football coach for ENMU. Vicky Lynn’s husband is Tularosa High School football coach David Lynn who formerly coached at Texico.
Vicky Lynn, 54, disappeared on Friday after telling her husband she was going on a walk as he prepared to leave for school, the Alamogordo Daily News reported.
David Lynn did not make the trip for his team’s game on Friday at Hatch Valley. He has been in contact with coaches at ENMU.
“They needed some help in searching for her,” Elliott said Tuesday night. “We just decided this (Tuesday) morning that we’d take as many guys as we could and come up (to Alamogordo).”
The Lynns live in Alamogordo, which is about 13 miles north of Tularosa, which is in southern New Mexico.
ENMU assistant coach Mike Connelly said the search on Tuesday did not turn up anything, although most of the area the players searched had been covered earlier.
“The (Otero) County sheriff hoped to be able canvass the area one more time,” Connelly said. “We worked until darkness.
“We split into groups and just canvassed different areas. It’s just a sad deal.”
Elliott said Connelly’s mother discovered the incident while reading a story in the Alamogordo newspaper on Sunday.
“We’ve been in touch with the Lynns ever since,” Elliott said. “I talked to Dave (Monday) night and I told him we were ready to come.
“The coaches said (the players) did a tremendous job. Some of these guys don’t even know who the Lynns are. They just know they’re part of the Greyhound family.”
ENMU (2-3, 1-0) Lone Star Conference South Division) is preparing this week for a division matchup on Saturday night at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas.