Cops & Crime
Tue May 8, 2012
Search Of Kansas Flood Waters Still Underway For Missing Man
There is not a trace of the Overland Park man missing since he left home Sunday, saying he wanted to look at flood waters of Indian Creek, according to police.
The second day of a watery search took up most of the daylight hours.
The search has been for 36 year old Jeffrey Bridge.
Waters were still running high, over rocks and against rocky ledges along the waterway that runs through south-central Johnson County, Kansas and across the Missouri state line into the Blue River.
Heavy weekend rains had swollen the twisting creek to higher than normal levels.
Overland Park Fire Department’s Swift Water Team members were wearing hip waders, protective gear, carrying long pike poles to probe under trees and rocks in and along creek banks. They walked next to each other in water that was often armpit deep.
In video taken by Jason Rhodes of the fire department you could see how rugged is the terrain.
There is fear, but no confirmation Bridge is in the creek. Police said he had left wallet, cell phone and car keys behind for the short walk from his parent’s home at 105th and Conser to the creek late Sunday.
Rhodes says a public works crew will pull apart a high brush pile not far from Conser. As sundown of day two of the search approached there was still no evidence of the man.