New twist on the hunt for missing duck hunter Tyler Doyle when a family friend breaks the silence on ‘drama and rumours’
A close friend of a missing duck hunter has urged people to stop donating to a GoFundMe page created in his name.
Tyler Doyle, 22, mysteriously disappeared near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on January 26.
Sick rumors are swirling online amid the ongoing search effort, now in its second week.
Tyler reportedly fell off his ship after it began taking on water.
Family friend Hannah Faulk created a GoFundMe page to support his pregnant wife Lakelyn.
More than $31,000 has been raised, but Lakelyn has urged people to stop donating.
Since the start of the fundraiser, over 600 donations have been received.
Hannah wrote on February 4: “Due to the rumors and everything going around, his wife Lakelyn wants me to stop all donations for this trip to fund me.
“She [would] prefer not to deal with drama and rumors while actively searching for her missing husband.
“The search for Tyler is still ongoing. Thanks again for all the donations but as a 30 week woman she can’t handle everyone’s opinions and strain her body for the sake of the baby.”
Lakelyn previously shared a post saying she is praying for her husband.
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources confirmed Tuesday that Tyler is the missing boater, according to WRAL.
The non-profit organization Wings of Hope Search and Rescue has joined the investigation.
Search teams are combing the waters in boats equipped with underwater sonar and 3D imaging.
Crews also use cadaver dogs and drones.
SCDNR officials confirmed Holden Beach and Sunset Beach Police Departments will continue to comb the shoreline throughout the day.
Tyler’s brother Reed revealed his sibling and a pal had been duck hunting when they got into trouble.
He said: “The waves rose and fell there; it changes very quickly and the stern of the boat took on water.
“Waves took over the back of the boat and took Tyler with it.”
Reed has stressed that the search for his brother has not been called off.
In a Facebook post, he urged people with dogs to meet with him and join the investigation.
But trolls left a series of brutal comments, leading Reed to explain how committed he is to finding Tyler.
He wrote: “To everyone out there spreading rumors about my brother, do you think I’m out there every day looking for him, missing work, not getting any sleep and waking up every 30 minutes at night because I can’t be with him talk or even tell him I love him?”
Reed continued, “I want nothing more than to be with my brother right now, just for him to give me advice and show me how to be a man.
“So please stop the drama and don’t talk about things you have no idea about.”
Reed has asked his followers on TikTok to quash any rumors about his brother.
He said: “Tyler Doyle was my brother. We’ve been looking out here for 10 days.
“Everybody’s looking, you know, and we’re trying to figure everything out.”
It was reported that Lakelyn shared pictures of items believed to belong to Tyler.
Bait ducks, waders and a driver’s license were found, according to her social media post, The Myrtle Beach Online reported.
This post appears to have since been removed from Facebook.
Local officials were forced to downsize the post amid online speculation.
A Surf City, North Carolina police spokesman exclusively told The US Sun on Tuesday that they removed the post after it “became an outlet for people to argue about what might have happened.”
They added, “We have never found any items that may or may not belong to Mr. Doyle in or around our immediate vicinity.”
https://www.the-sun.com/news/7347717/tyler-doyle-missing-duck-hunter-friend-break-silence/ New twist on the hunt for missing duck hunter Tyler Doyle when a family friend breaks the silence on ‘drama and rumours’