Search and rescue efforts for Dustin Allen Burnham, 27, of Metropolis, have turned into search and recovery according to Doug Harnice, McCracken County Emergency Management official on Monday.
As of Tuesday, authorities have announced the day-to-day search operations for Burnham have been cut back to a week-by-week or month-by-month basis.
On Dec. 10, around 3 a.m. a call was dispatched regarding a man who had fallen from a barge overnight while crossing between a dredger and towing vessel located near Joppa.
Emergency rescue workers from Kentucky and Illinois responded to the call near mile marker 952.
According to Joe Miller, Massac County Emergency Services Disaster Agency director, his office will be available to McCracken County’s search and recovery efforts if it is needed. Miller said McCracken County and the U.S. Coast Guard have jurisdiction over the Ohio River.
A company statement read: “Hunter Sand & Gravel and the Burnham family wish to htank the many agencies from Kentucky and Illinois who have braved freezing temperatures and a rising river to assist in this endeavor. We would also like to say a special thanks to our friends in the river industry and the community at large who have reached out to help in any way they can.
While search and recovery efforts will continue, an account has been established at City National Bank in Metropolis. The account is for Burnham’s wife, Kristy and his children, David, 5 and Emily, 3.