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Police: Missing Batesville man found in river

Published: Aug. 31, 2021 at 5:53 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 24, 2021 at 12:14 PM CDT
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BATESVILLE, Ark. (KAIT) - Investigators say they have found the body of a missing man after discovering his car submerged in an Arkansas river.

According to a press release, Batesville police officers learned on Sept. 9 that a vehicle had possibly gone through a fence and into the river.

Officers received footage on Sept. 10 that showed a car going into the river and then disappearing.

Norfork Dam personnel were notified of the incident and shut the dam down to let the water go down.

On Sept. 11, investigators with both Batesville police and the Independence County Sheriff’s Department searched the river and looked for any evidence of a vehicle in the water.

Sunday, the Independence County Dive Team assisted in searching the river near the south side of the dam.

Just before 9 a.m., searchers found a 2012 Chevy Captiva belonging to 60-year-old Jerry Overland.

According to Investigator Jason Bryant, Overland’s body was subsequently found and sent to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory for an autopsy.

Overland had been reported missing since Tuesday, Aug. 31, and Arkansas State Police issued a Silver Alert. On Friday, Sept. 24, ASP inactivated that alert.

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