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Rescue crews search for missing man from Frostburg

September 6th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

The Cumberland Times News reports a  search resumed Tuesday morning in the Missouri River for a graduate of Mountain Ridge High School now attending Briar Cliff College in Sioux City, Iowa. Tom Patterson, 23, was swimming with friends near Elk Point, South Dakota, on Sunday when he became missing, according to the Sioux City Journal.  

The newspaper reported that several crews assisted the Union County Sheriff's Office in an investigation of the areas downstream from the boat ramp Sunday evening but stopped the search around 9 p.m.

Frostburg City Administrator John Kirby said Tuesday morning that Patterson has been an intern with the city's police department during a recent summer.

"He was interested in a career in public safety," Kirby said.

Monday's search resumed at 7 a.m. and included the Union County Sheriff's Office, Yankton Search and Rescue, South Dakota Game Fish & Parks, Nebraska Game & Parks, Brookings Search and Rescue K9 units, and the Dixon County Sheriff's Office.


The crews included four dogs and three site scan sonar units.
Union County Sheriff Dan Limoges said Monday evening that the crews had found some "areas of interest" using sonar but were unable to send divers into the water because of the wind. 
Patterson was a wrestler at Mountain Ridge. Cumberland Times-News archives show that in 2011 he wrestled in the 140-pound class.

Briar Cliff University confirmed Monday that Patterson was a student at the university and a member of the school's wrestling program. 

"It is with heavy hearts that we acknowledge the disappearance of current student and wrestler Tom Patterson," a statement from the university said. "The search is ongoing and our prayers continue to surround the situation and all involved. As a campus, we will be providing support to those coping in this difficult time."

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