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Update: Man believed missing in Tucson wash

Update: Man believed missing in Tucson wash

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Fire crews said there is still no sign of a man who may have been swept away in a midtown wash over the weekend. For the second day in a row, deputies searched the area near Interstate 10 and Prince Road on Monday. It is a little more than a half-mile east from the initial search and rescue site.

Neighbors said they heard a man yelling for help under the wash bridge near Prince and Romero Roads on Saturday.

Pima County Sheriff Deputies now tell Tucson News Now the man may have got out of the water on his own. No word yet if the search will resume again. However, authorities say it is very dangerous for homeless people to live along washes that can flood.

Edward Sanchez used to live under a bridge near a wash in Tucson before finding his way to Gospel Rescue Mission. He said the weather would sometimes catch him off guard.

“It was dangerous every time I was there,” Sanchez said Monday. “You would never know when the rain would come through the wash or how much rain and how much pressure there was in the water.”

Now Sanchez helps keeps others out of the rain at the homeless shelter where he lives and is getting help to improve his life.

Gospel Rescue Mission Men’s Center Shelter Supervisor, Al Pesqueira, said when it rains they see an increase in the number of beds needed.

“We have 100 beds here at the men’s shelter with men in various different programs,” Pesqueira said Monday. “Then we will open our door for our guests for a one night stay. With the rain season, we can take in an extra 35 guests and we will put mats on the floor.”

For a list of homeless shelters in Tucson, click here: http://tucsonhomeless.org/ 

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