Missing DeSoto County man's truck found in river

The truck, after it was pulled from the water.
The truck, after it was pulled from the water.
Norman Held
Norman Held

(WMC-TV) - A missing DeSoto County man's once red truck was covered in mud when it was pulled from the Mississippi River Friday.

Nearly nine months after 64-year-old Norman Held of Walls, Mississippi was last seen alive leaving a barber shop, his 2007 Chevy Silverado was found in the Mississippi River.

The DeSoto County Sheriff's Office sought the help of volunteer divers after recently receiving information that Held liked to watch the sunset from that spot.

His truck was detected using sonar equipment.  Diver James Canavan hooked up the truck under the murky water.

"We didn't actually recover a body today, but we did find a vehicle, and they can go from there," said Canavan.

A window in the rear of the truck was broken out.  Investigators believe that may have been where Held got out.

"If something happened and his body did come out, there's no telling where the body is at this time," said DeSoto County Sheriff Bill Rasco.

In March, Held's daughter Rose Hall said she knew things would likely not end well.

"It's hard not to believe something has happened to him," said Hall.

There was never activity on Held's bank accounts or cell phones.  The OnStar service in his truck quit working the day he went missing.

Several other vehicles were discovered in the river while crews searched for Held's truck.  Investigators are still trying to figure out how all of them ended up underwater.

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