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Search suspended for two missing people in the Mississippi River

Posted at 3:45 PM, Jan 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-17 16:54:08-05

The search for two missing people in the Mississippi has been suspended, according to the US Coast Guard.

Katelyn Carlisle and Rueben Arellano are still missing in the waters of the Mississippi after their boat capsized near mile marker 18 at Bootheville.

The Coast Guards says they searched approximately 130 square nautical miles for 27 hours.

“Suspending our search is never an easy decision to make,” said Cmdr. Michael Wolfe. “The Coast Guard, along with local and state responders, spared no efforts over the past day, but unfortunately we did not locate the missing individuals. Our prayers and condolences are with the families of the missing individuals.”

On Wednesday, the Coast Guard says they received a report at around 10:40 a.m. of a capsized 32-foot vessel with two people aboard in the vicinity of mile marker 18 on the lower Mississippi River.

According to WAFB, The two missing people are employees for MSRC Virginia, an oil response company.