Body of missing man found in submerged vehicle

Published 6:29 pm Monday, May 7, 2018

A Vicksburg man who died Sunday night in a one-car wreck on Mississippi 465 had been reported missing about three hours before his car was found submerged in flood water along the side of the highway.

The body of Mason B. Cummings, 20, was found Sunday night in his 2012 Honda Accord after the car was pulled from the water south of Steele Bayou.

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Vicksburg police Sgt. Johnnie Edwards said Cummings was reported missing about 4:49 p.m. Sunday after he failed to return home from visiting a friend at Eagle Lake Friday. Authorities also put his name on the National Crime Information Center computer as a missing person after the report was filed, Edwards said.

Highway Patrol trooper Kervin Smith said Warren County 911 received a call about 7:25 p.m. Sunday that a vehicle may have left the roadway and become submerged on Mississippi 465 in Issaquena County north of Redwood. He said the Warren County Sheriff’s office and the Vicksburg Fire Department Dive Team responded to the call to look for the vehicle.

Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace said he, county fire coordinator Jerry Briggs, investigator Sam Winchester and a fire department diver found the car and the diver was able to get a wrecker cable on the car so it could be pulled out of the water.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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