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Mo. authorities investigate man jumping from Caruthersville Bridge into Miss. River

Friday, November 4, 2011

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A slight rain and cold temperatures were prevalent as Pemiscot County Sheriff's officers and Missouri State Police investigated a case where witnesses saw a man jump from the Caruthersville Bridge into the Mississippi River on Thursday afternoon.
Missouri law enforcement agencies are currently investigating a case where witnesses saw a man jump off of the Caruthersville Bridge on I-155 and into the Mississippi River.

According to a press release from Pemiscot County Sheriff Tommy Greenwell, Pemiscot County deputies were called to the bridge shortly after 4 p.m. on Thursday in reference to a male subject jumping into the river from the bridge.

A caller to the sheriff's dispatch station stated they observed a male subject "go over the bridge and other witnesses observed a male subject jump into the Mississippi River".

Deputies found an unoccupied vehicle in the west bound lane and further investigation revealed the vehicle was still running with the radio playing. The vehicle had a Missouri registration and was checked to a subject in Kennett, Mo. The sheriff's department is not releasing the make of vehicle nor the name of the subject at this time.

Authorities contacted the United States Coast Guard in Memphis and advised them of the situation.

A boat was launched into the river in an attempt to locate the subject, but those efforts were hampered by the weather conditions and the operation was called off.

However, authorities will continue to monitor river traffic and stay in contact with the Coast Guard.

The U.S. Coast Guard Lower Mississippi River Sector was contacted and could not comment on the situation. They stated the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Department was handling the investigation.

Agencies involved in the search were the Dyer County Sheriff's Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Bootheel Drug Task Force and the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Office.



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