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Search for two missing boaters to resume Thursday morning

Earl Fogle, left, and David Hultz | Photos courtesy of WGEM
Posted: Mar. 7, 2018 10:05 am Updated: Mar. 7, 2018 9:01 pm

LOUISIANA, Mo. — A search is expected to resume Thursday morning for two boaters who have been missing since Tuesday night along the Mississippi River near Louisiana.

According to The Herald-Whig's news-gathering partners at WGEM, longtime commercial fisherman Earl Fogle, 53, of Saverton, and David Hultz of Quincy, Ill., were reported missing Tuesday night.

Crews searched Tuesday night and most of Wednesday for the two missing men. Much of the search concentrated near the DuPont Reservation Conservation Area near Ashburn.

One of the men's vehicles was found in the parking lot of the conservation area, according to the Bowling Green Times.

Pike County Deputy Sheriff Chad Perkins told WGEM that search crews were looking as far north as Saverton and as far south as Clarksville. Boaters from Missouri and Illinois were involved in the search, along with helicopters.

Louisiana Fire and Rescue, the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Water Safety Division, the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Pike County, Ill., water rescue unit were among the agencies involved in the search.

Perkins said the search ended for the day about 4 p.m. Wednesday but would resume Thursday morning. He said one of the search teams located a boat underwater and a dive team was going to be called Thursday morning to investigate.

It wasn't clear whether the boat belonged to the missing men.

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