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Search for hunters on the Mississippi expands; weather plays key role



The search is now focused in the cold waters of the Mississippi, aided by sonar technology. (photo by David Day)

The search for hunters Gunner Palmer, Zeb Hughes and Hughes’ black Labrador retriever Kye is approaching the two-week mark.

Palmer and Hughes disappeared on the Mississippi River Thursday, Dec. 3, and the search for them began that night.

Tuesday, Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace said the search area has expanded on the Mississippi River south to Natchez.

Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks agents deployed boats Tuesday from Natchez, Port Gibson and LeTourneau, while the sheriff’s office launched from LeTourneau.

Pace said searchers will monitor weather conditions Wednesday morning, but they plan to be on the water as soon as possible. Temperatures will plunge to below freezing Wednesday and Thursday, and rain is in the forecast for Tuesday night.

Pace said visibility is the key factor in searching in the rain. There is a possibility that the K-9’s from Mercy Search and Rescue will be returning to join in the search in the next couple of days as well.


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