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Searchers continue to look for man lost on Mississippi

STE. GENEVIEVE — Searchers looking for the body of a missing boater have not had any luck.

Ste. Genevieve County Chief Deputy Howard Dohack said they didn’t have a boat to use Monday but they did go out with the Missouri Water Patrol on Tuesday searching for the body of Harold Smith. He said they will continue to search in the Mississippi River this week when there is a boat available.

On Friday, members of the Chester Water Patrol found the body of Arthur Barton a couple miles below the marina in Ste. Genevieve near the 119-mile marker on the Missouri side. Searchers resumed looking for Smith’s body Friday and continued Saturday and Sunday with no results.

Barton and Smith went missing July 30 after their boat ran out of gas on the river.

A family member waited for the two men at the ferry crossing at Ste. Genevieve with some fuel. When the boat arrived at the crossing, it was floating upside down.

The boat was found by authorities on July 31 two miles down river in a tree line. The official Missouri State Water Patrol report listed the two men as presumed drowned on Aug. 1.

A search ensued for the two men over that weekend that was concentrated in an area known as the 135-mile marker, just below Rush Island, down to the Chester and Perryville Bridge. The Missouri State Water Patrol, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Ste. Genevieve Sheriff’s Department and the Ste. Genevieve County Fire Department participated in the search.

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