Missouri River recovery effort for missing man called off for Friday

Friday, December 19, 2008 | 4:32 p.m. CST; updated 4:44 p.m. CST, Friday, December 19, 2008

COLUMBIA — The Missouri State Water Patrol has called off Friday's recovery effort for John Paul Forget.

Forget, a 20-year-old college student from Chesterfield, is believed to have fallen into the Missouri River from a bridge on Interstate 70 on Tuesday night.


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The Water Patrol called off its recovery effort at 3:25 p.m. Friday and will likely resume the search for Forget on Saturday morning, communications operator Latrise Wilson said.

Forget, a sophomore at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., was traveling east on I-70 with two others when their car crashed on the bridge. After getting out to inspect the damage, Forget was nearly struck by a tractor-trailer. He is believed to have fallen from the bridge while trying to avoid the truck.

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Brad Wilmot December 20, 2008 | 3:15 a.m.

Radio traffic from this event is available in the archives at
on the Boone County Fire/EMS scanner.

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