CARUTHERSVILLE - Authorities are still searching for a man but no longer believe he committed suicide by jumping from the Mississippi River bridge.
The Pemiscot County Sheriff's Department was contacted by Dyer County, Tenn., Sheriff's office early today with a report of a man seen on the top of the Mississippi River bridge east of Caruthersville on Interstate 155. The caller, a passing motorist, made the call from the Tennessee welcome center on 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. The items were located approximately 20 feet inside the Missouri state line. Also discovered inside the coat was an apparent suicide note signed by Marc Burns.
According to a news release from the sheriff's department, officers determined Burns, who is from the Dyersburg area, had argued with his ex-
wife and threatened to his family he would commit suicide on Jan. 4. He was last heard from by his sister at 6 p.m. Jan. 4 when he stated he was going to walk to his brother's house in Butler County, Missouri.
Dyer County deputies began a search of the Tennessee side of the river while Pemiscot County deputies searched the Missouri side and other possible locations where Burns may have walked to. Also the U.S. Coast Guard was notified.
While making plans for a daylight rescue attempt early today, authorities were notified that Burns had contacted his mother. Reportedly Burns stated he was all right and that he had staged the jumping-from-the-bridge scenario.
Authorities have still not located Burns. He is described as a white male, approximately 5-feet, 10-inches tall, slightly balding with a moustache and goatee. He has brown hair and green eyes. Officials advised he is considered to be suffering from depression and is suicidal.
Anyone with information about Burns is asked to contact local law enforcement officials or the Pemiscot County sheriff's office at 573-333