Towboat deckhand remains missing; believe fell into river

Published 6:33 pm Monday, November 5, 2018

Authorities in Tensas Parish, Louisiana, are continuing their search for a Vicksburg man went missing early Saturday morning from a towboat docked in St. Joseph, Louisiana, a spokesperson for the Tensas Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

Timothy Hearn, a deckhand on the towboat owned by Riverside Construction of Vicksburg, was reported missing at about 3 a.m. Saturday. It was believed he fell into the Mississippi River, but that has not been confirmed.

U.S. Coast Guard workers along with sheriff deputies and officials with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and firefighters are searching for Hearn. However, divers did not go into the water because of a dangerous current, an owner of the company, Lewis Miller Jr., told media outlets on Saturday.

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According to his Facebook page, Hearn began his job at Riverside Construction on Oct. 27.