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Weather conditions hamper weekend search efforts for Palmer and Hughes

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Gunner Palmer and Zeb Hughes disappeared on the Mississippi River Dec. 3.

With early morning fog and afternoon rain showers, Saturday was almost a complete washout in the continuing search for two missing hunters on the Mississippi River.

Search efforts resumed Sunday for Gunner Palmer and Zeb Hughes with boats on the water; however, planes were unable to fly.

Todd Terrell, of the United Cajun Navy, said his organization plans to have boats back on the water Tuesday and Wednesday. Terrell has had personnel involved in the search since the first full day Dec. 4.

Terrell is one of the founders of the Cajun Navy. He said this search has created some of the most difficult challenges he has experienced. The current of the mighty Mississippi River along with debris, barge traffic and the depth of the channel all contribute to making the search operations more difficult.

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, Mercy Search and Rescue and numerous volunteers have been searching in a radius of more than 60 miles from just north of LeTourneau to Natchez.

On Saturday, Sheriff Martin Pace said that one of his biggest fears is that an inexperienced volunteer may have an incident, adding to an already tragic situation. Pace remains committed to bringing closure to the families of these two young men who were first reported missing Dec. 3.

Mercy Search and Rescue posted to their Facebook page.

Tomorrow, we will be on the Mississippi River again on the search for Zeb & Gunner. We have pooled resources and are…

Posted by Mercy Search & Rescue on Sunday, December 20, 2020

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