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DeSoto County -

(WMC-TV) – The search for a missing barge captain in the Mississippi River has been called off.

Vernon Bumgarner, 60, fell overboard near Walls in DeSoto County Wednesday night.

Officials say they suspended search efforts because there is no new information or leads.

Bumgarner's family says he is a seasoned veteran with years of experience.

The boat was close to shore when the incident happened.

Officials now say Bumgarner was not wearing his life jacket when he fell overboard.

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