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A Pike County man who authorities were trying to find on Thursday, June 20 has been located, according to Louisiana Police Chief Rich Hughes.
Hughes would not reveal the man’s name but said Friday, June 21 that relatives called authorities Thursday evening to report the man had been located out of town.
The man’s vehicle was found parked near the Champ Clark Bridge about 6 a.m. Thursday, Hughes said. The man’s keys and “a vague note” were found in the vehicle, which prompted the search.”There was nothing to indicate anything was sinister,” Hughes said.
However, authorities still found the incident suspicious and launched a search for the man. Workers at the stores near the bridge were interviewed and surveillance tapes reviewed with nothing conclusive, Hughes said.
The search included boats from the Pike County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The boats were brought in to see if anyone had jumped into the Mississippi River because of its proximity to the abandoned vehicle, but no sign of that was found, Hughes said.
The case is still open and authorities will talk to the man when he returns to the area, Hughes said.
See full details in the June 26 print edition of the Louisiana Press-Journal.