The search for a missing 58-year-old Roe man, an employee of the Anderson Tully Logging Co. is still underway.

 

By BETTY ADAMS
The Daily World

The search for a missing 58-year-old Roe man, an employee of the Anderson Tully Logging Co. is still underway.
Phillips County Sheriff Ronnie White received a call from Michael Burchett of the Phillips County Office of Emergency Services that the Coast Guard had found a boat in the Mississippi River and there was the possibility that there had been either a drowning or boating accident.
White and several deputies went to Old River at Mellwood on Monday where White put in a boat and went to Mississippi River Mile Marker 619 where the boat was recovered and secured to the riverbank.
Deputies searched the river from marker 619 back toward Helena. The same day White and law enforcement officials from Mississippi found a boot, three dogs and a slicker on an island in the river. 
It was determined that all of the items belonged to David Lawson, of 2558 Highway 79 in Roe. Lawson worked as a security guard on a logging barge that belonged to the Tully Logging Co.
White was informed that it appeared that Lawson was feeding his dogs on an island and he apparently ran back to the river to try and recover his boat that had floated away from the bank and was unable to recover the boat or swim back to the riverbank.
The local sheriff's department, the Coahoma County Sheriff's Department, and Mississippi Office of Emergency Services dragged the area of the river where Lawson's boat was found. The Mississippi Game and Fish Department also assisted in the search.