Recovery Effort Underway For Missing Soldier

Posted at 6:10 AM, Sep 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-04 19:41:35-04

A recovery effort resumed in Clarksville after a soldier was reportedly swept away in the Red River following an altercation. 

The incident happened Friday night at the Electric Cowboy bar.

Eyewitnesses told police that security had tried to break up a fight between two men in the parking lot. At that time, a 24-year-old man became "belligerent" toward the bouncers and went toward the water.

Police said the man fell into a large puddle as he was challenging the bouncers to a fight and as he stood back up, they said he entered the fast-moving water of the Red River.

This was after a day of very heavy rain and localized flooding so the current was swift.

EMS, Clarksville Fire Rescue, and law enforcement tried to find him at several spots along the river's path but no luck so far.

After a weekend of searching, efforts to find him continued Monday morning at 7 a.m. His name was not known. 

Authorities on Monday afternoon confirmed they were calling off the search in the Red River. They added the search would now be focused on the Cumberland River, where they have planned to search three times a day: morning, noon, and early evening.