No victims found after search of Little Bonne Femme Creek

Monday, November 4, 2013 | 6:30 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — The Boone County Fire Protection District performed a search of the Little Bonne Femme Creek in south Columbia on Monday after residents reported hearing cries for help.

The respondents abandoned their search around 4 p.m. after failing to find any victims.

A husband and wife living on High Point Lane reported that they heard someone saying "Help me, help me, I need help," Capt. Martina Pounds said. The voice seemed high-pitched, as if belonging to a woman or child, she added.

Units from the Fire District arrived on the scene at 12:10 p.m. The Boone County Sheriff's Department also responded and University Hospital sent a helicopter to circle the area.

Members of the Sheriff's Department canvassed the nearby residential area to check if anyone else heard the calls for help or saw anything.

The Columbia Police Department did not have any reports of a missing person as of 6:30 p.m. Monday.

"We feel pretty confident that we saturated the area," Pounds said. "We had several crews out and walked quite a ways."

Pounds said that it was a good exercise for the three agencies to work together with so many units.

"It was a good operation," Pounds said. "Even if we didn't find anybody, we definitely tried."

Supervising editor is Richard Webner.

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