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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Volunteers were not able to find a man on Sunday who may have floated away from a midtown wash after heavy rain Saturday night.


About 30 people helped search the Santa Cruz wash using K-9's, horses and ATV's.  Brush and trees made the search difficult.

Fire crews responded to calls Saturday about a man reported stuck under a bridge at the Flowing Wells wash on Romero Road near Prince Road. Neighbors reported they heard a man's voice yelling for help from under the bridge but he was never seen, according to Tucson Fire Public Information Officer Captain Barrett Baker.  

Firefighters continued searching the wash near the bridge as the water receded but no one was found. Additional resources searched downstream where the wash connects with the Santa Cruz River but as darkness fell, it became clear the man was swept away.

Tucson Fire called off the search Sunday.  Another search Saturday was also suspended after more than two hours. Neighbors said the man was believed to be homeless who stayed under the bridge to escape the heat. A dog believed to be the man's, stayed at the upper bank and barked toward the bridge while crews responded.

"We see him with his dog everyday, walking back and forth to the store. Nice guy, holds the door open for everybody. It's just unfortunate here what happened," said neighbor Jerry McCown.

Tucson Fire also responded to a swift water rescue on Yale Drive and Kenyon Drive in the east side. A red Jeep was partially submerged in water. Firefighters got two people out safely. They were not injured.

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