The Anderson County Rescue Squad was going to resume searching Monday afternoon for a missing man whose pickup truck was found parked on the side of the road near the water at Bull Run Park in Claxton on Sunday, authorities said.
The man, reported to be 66, was reported missing in Knox County on Sunday morning.
Anderson County Sheriff Paul White said the man’s black pickup truck was located on the side of road across Bull Run Creek from Bull Run Park. The keys were in the truck, and a suicide note was in the truck, White said. The vehicle was parked alongside New Henderson Road at Tracy Allison Lane. Deputies found it near Bull Run Park at about 12:45 p.m. Sunday.
But rescuers aren’t certain that the man is in the water, said White, who was among those on rescue boats searching the cold water on Sunday.
“We don’t know where he’s at or if he’s here,” White said.
Still, rescuers searched the water near Bull Run Park for several hours both with sonar and by dragging, said Mark Lucas, Anderson County Sheriff’s Department chief deputy. But they weren’t able to find the man.
On Monday, Lucas said the Anderson County Rescue Squad is going back in the afternoon to continue the search.
On Sunday, rescuers searched the bottom of the water, which was moving swiftly. The creek is wide like a lake at Bull Run Park, and it appears to be swollen with brushy debris and muddy brown floodwater from recent rains.
Among the agencies that responded to help search the water with boats, dive teams, and people on Sunday were the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department and Anderson County Volunteer Rescue Squad. The Knoxville Volunteer Rescue Squad also responded with boats and a crew.
There was also a search and rescue volunteer from the Knoxville Police Department with a bloodhound dog, and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency was reported to have responded Sunday afternoon.
Anderson County EMS was also stationed at Bull Run Park during the search.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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