Search continues for missing man

Published: Mar. 19, 2023 at 12:04 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 20, 2023 at 3:48 PM CDT
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INDEPENDENCE COUNTY, Ark. (KAIT) - Multiple emergency crews continued to search Monday for a missing man.

Independence County Judge Kevin Jeffery said the 62-year-old man disappeared Saturday afternoon near the White River, north of Rosie.

On Monday, Sheriff Shawn Stephens said the man’s side-by-side was recovered.

“He was crossing a low water bridge. The water was pretty deep running across it. Pretty swift. From what we were told by witnesses, he was swept off that low water bridge,” said Stephens.

The Independence County Sheriff’s Department, the Office of Emergency Management, Southside, and Northside Fire Departments, and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission are searching for him.

Along with the searchers, different types of equipment are being used.

“We have used an air drone. We had our air drone out this morning. We’ve used it. The family has one out here that they’re fixing to launch,” explained Stephens. “We have an underwater drone that we’ve deployed. We’ve used it three times. I found the side-by-side this morning with it.”

The sheriff said recovery is at the top of everyone’s mind.

“The sooner, the better. That way, we can get some closure for the family. Get him found and get him home.”

Stephens did not release the missing man’s name.