TEXARKANA —Local and area search and rescue teams continued Monday to look for a missing area resident who disappeared while boating for a short distance on the Red River early Saturday afternoon.
Authorities continued to search for the man, identified as Charlie Marshall, 48, who went missing around 1:40 p.m. Saturday after launching the boat eastward from a point near U.S, Highway 71's Index Bridge.
The boat floated for about half a mile, before it apparently started taking on water and sank. A woman, who was also in the boat, managed to swim safely to the river's south bank.
The Index Bridge crosses the river on U.S. Highway 71 about 8 miles north of Texarkana.
Miller County Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Joe Bennett said his office has developed information showing that Marshall may possibly be a Hope, Ark. resident, but there's also information at he either may, or used to be a resident of Lewisville, Ark and Texarkana as well.
The search, which has now extended all the way to Fulton, Ark., continued to about 9:30 p..m. Sunday before resuming Monday morning.
Bennett added about 20 to 25 search and rescue personnel, supplied not only by Miller County's OEM, but also the by the Little River County OEM, Miller County Sheriff's Office, Miller County Volunteer Fire Departments, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the Texas Wildlife Game and Fish Commission are participating in the search.
Bennett said Sunday that authorities were able to find some floating debris as well as objects that may have previously been inside the boat: a cooler, a box and a rod and reel.
However, as of Monday, he added the boat itself, still hasn't yet been found.