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February 07 02:58 PM

Search Continues For Body In River

Deputies Search Red River For Body Of Man Struck By Train - By Chris Redford

Deputies with the Caddo Sheriff's Marine Patrol are still searching the Red River for the man who was reportedly hit by a train Wednesday night.

It happened on the railroad bridge in downtown Shreveport just before ten o'clock.

"A witness who was fishing says he saw a splash then saw the body float toward the Horseshoe then he lost track of it," said Lt. Donna Jackson.

Lt. Jackson says crews from the Caddo Sheriff's Office, Shreveport Fire Department and Bossier City Fire Department searched by boat until about midnight, but did not send divers into the water.

"It was too dark and there was no definite point of disappearance," said Lt. Jackson.

Investigators viewed a video from the train, but they say it did not definitively reveal what happened to the person.

Authorities say despite earlier reports, they believe they are searching for only one person.

Jackson says the water under the bridge where the man reportedly fell is between 13-14' deep.

The sheriff's office will keep searching throughout the evening and tomorrow.  After tomorrow, Jackson says the search won't be as intense, but authorities will keep looking.

Jackson says deputies never really stop searching and it's possible the man's body will turn eventually surface.

"We had a body come right up to the boat launch four months after the person jumped into the river," said Jackson.

Authorities have not been able to identify the person who disappeared Wednesday night.  Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office.



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