Search suspended for man believed missing in wash

Search suspended for man believed missing in wash

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Search and rescue teams suspended the search for a man Sunday. Authorities believe he may have been swept away by rushing water last night at the Flowing Wells wash on Romero Road near Prince Road.

The Pima County Sheriff search and rescue crew along with Southern Arizona Rescue Association volunteers searched for miles in the Santa Cruz River. The river is now mostly dry, but dry brush and trees in the area have made it a difficult search, according to authorities.

About 30 people helped search for the man using dogs and even rode horses as well as ATV’s to be able to search more of the area. However, authorities said as of Sunday, there was no sign of the man who may have been homeless.

Tucson Fire Captain, Barrett Baker, said firefighters worked fast to get to the man but told us even water that looks shallow can move extremely quickly.

“We often focus on the depth of the water, but the force of the water is really the critical component and you can’t determine that by looking at that, so the best case scenario is to avoid it entirely.” Baker said Sunday.

A dog believed to be the man’s stayed at the upper bank and barked towards the bridge while crews responded Saturday. Tucson News Now found the dog Sunday staying at a neighbor’s house in the area where the man is believed to have been swept away. For now, they are calling her Houdini, but are currently looking for a permanent home for the pooch.

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