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Search Continues for Garbage Truck, Occupants Reported Missing Near Mitchell

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sunday, March 24, 2019

Contact: Tony Mangan, DPS Information Officer, 605-773-6196


Search Continues for Garbage Truck, Occupants

Reported Missing Near Mitchell


PIERRE, S.D. – A joint state-county agency search continued Sunday on the James River for two missing men who were last known to be operating a garbage truck.


On Friday, the Miner County Sheriff’s Office received phone calls from the family members of the two men, saying they had not been seen since Thursday.  The two men and their truck were last seen around 12:10 p.m. Thursday when they left the Mitchell landfill.  


Agencies began searching near the James River in Sanborn County due to a guardrail that had been damaged on South Dakota Highway 37 near the James River Bridge.


Authorities from several agencies began the search Saturday on the James River, using rescue boats and the state Highway Patrol plane. The speed of the flood waters on the river has made the search difficult.  The search was halted by darkness Saturday night, but resumed Sunday morning.


Agencies involved in the search so far are the Sanborn County Sheriff’s Office, Miner County Sheriff’s Office, Beadle County Dive Team, South Dakota Highway Patrol, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department, South Dakota Department of Transportation and Lincoln Auto Towing of Huron.


The public is asked to stay away from the search area.


More details will be released as they become available.