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Man who faked his own suicide is located

Friday, January 6, 2006

CARUTHERSVILLE - A man sought by authorities after he apparently faked his suicide has been located.

The Pemiscot County Sheriff's Department reported today that Marc Burns, who was described as depressed and suicidal, was in a Tennessee hospital.

Officers began searching for Burns after receiving a report Thursday of a man seen on the top of the Mississippi River bridge east of Caruthersville on Interstate 155. At the bridge deputies located a coat and a pair of boots on the shoulder of the highway on westbound side of the bridge. Also discovered inside the coat was an apparent suicide note signed by Burns.

Law enforcement officers searched both sides of the river and early Thursday as they prepared to continue their search they were alerted Burns had contacted a family member. Reportedly Burns stated he was all right and that he had staged the jumping-from-the-bridge scenario.

Because Burns' did not provide a location, the search continued for the man, who later turned up at a Dyersburg, Tenn., hospital requesting treatment.

Pemiscot County Sheriff's Department spokesman said no charges are expected to be filed against the man.