Police search for man who jumped from barge into Wolf River Lagoon

Police search for man who jumped from barge into Wolf River Lagoon

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis police are searching for a man believed to have jumped from a barge into the Wolf River Lagoon Thursday morning.

Officers are still searching the area near Second and Plum for the man who they believe may have tried to jump from a barge to the bank.

MPD issued a City Watch for 41-year-old James Rosembaum, who was last seen in that same area around 10:40 a.m.

Officials confirmed Rosembaum is the missing man, and they say he is possibly distressed and may have harmed himself.

James Rosenbaum (Source: MPD)
James Rosenbaum (Source: MPD)

Police described Rosenbaum as 5 feet 10 inches tall and 160 pounds with brown hair and green eyes.

The owner of the barge told WMC Action News 5 that she and her boyfriend found a man and woman on the barge Thursday morning.

She says people have been stealing scrap metal for months and estimates they’ve lost thousands of dollars worth of items.

Thursday afternoon, Rosenbaum’s family and friends went to the Wolf River Lagoon where he was last seen, hoping to find him.

The search was made even more difficult by the swollen Mississippi River, was more than four and a half feet above flood stage at the time Rosenbaum would have jumped.

Police believe he jumped into the river possibly trying to jump from a barge to the bank.

Police search for man who jumped into Wolf River Lagoon

Our cameras were rolling as another woman with Rosenbaum was taken into custody.

It's unclear what exactly the two were doing on the barge.

We talked to two women who said they saw the two people on the barge and asked them to leave.

The barge owner’s girlfriend says they confronted the pair and threatened to call police. That’s when she says the man jumped into the water.

"We sat out here and waited for them and they finally came up about 45 minutes later,” Skyla Smith said. “We got the woman to sit there, they argued back and forth, and the man ran and jumped off the bridge, I mean the barge."

We also saw a tow truck tow a black pick-up as part of the investigation. It’s unclear if it belonged to Rosenbaum.

Police responded and took the woman into custody but haven’t located the man.

If you know anything or have seen him, please call police.

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