Search for missing driver called off for now - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Search for missing driver called off for now

Update as of 5 p.m. Friday, December 26th:

DESOTO COUNTY, MS (WMC) - Friday rescue crews stopped the search for a missing man in DeSoto County.

Crews had been combing the Coldwater River on the DeSoto County-Tate County line for a man who ran his vehicle into the river Christmas morning.

The DeSoto County Sheriff's Department says they stopped the search for the man after doing quote "everything humanly possible" to find him.

With high water, debris and a current, the DeSoto County Search and Rescue team decided the search for a man who crashed his car into the Coldwater River could no longer go on.

Authorities believe the man drown after he drove off Interstate 55 and into the rain-swollen Coldwater River.

The Sheriff said the S-U-V settled in water about 3 feet deep.

The driver then got out, talked to witnesses and disappeared.

Sheriff Bill Rasco said the man likely walked around in the dark and slipped off the bank into the rushing water.

Authorities have not released a name, but said the S-U-V was registered to a Memphis man.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol says the cause of the one car crash is under investigation.

The DeSoto County Sheriff's Department said they will now do periodic runs to look for the body which they expect to eventually surface.


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Update as of 11 a.m. Friday, December 26th: Authorities in DeSoto County have called off their search for a missing driver in the Coldwater River.

They tell Action News 5 there is too much debris in the water, the water is too high and the current is too strong to continue the search at this time.

They are unable to use sonar equipment to help with the search. 

They feel they have done everything humanly possible at this time to find the driver.

They will be doing periodic runs in the area to check for the driver.

10PM December 25th:

DESOTO COUNTY, MS (WMC) - Rescue crews are searching for a Mid-South man who disappeared into the Coldwater River.

The Mississippi State Highway Patrol sent search crews to the river, along the Tate-DeSoto County line.

That's where an S-U-V lost control and crashed into the water early Thursday morning.

DeSoto County Sheriff Search and Rescue and the Mississippi Highway Patrol are still looking for any clues that may help them locate the missing driver.

A five member search and rescue crew scoured the murky waters under the Coldwater River Bridge Christmas morning.

They were looking for the driver of an S-U-V, who the Mississippi Highway Patrol says ran his vehicle off the road and crashed into the river around 2:30 a.m.

Authorities have not released the name of the driver, where he's from or where he may have been going.

The Desoto County Sheriff's Office is assisting the Highway Patrol, the lead agency handling the investigation.

While investigators try to determine exactly what happened or what may have led to the accident, more than 3 inches of rain earlier this week may play a major role in the search.

Forecasters say the river is falling, but it's still high.

It's about 3 feet below flood stage.

A situation which has turned a usually calm river into a fast moving one.

Search crews stopped working just before dark Thursday evening.

They're expected to resume the search some time Friday.


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