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Missing man found dead in vehicle submerged in Arkansas bayou, authorities say

by Josh Snyder | December 31, 2018 at 1:34 p.m. | Updated January 1, 2019 at 4:30 a.m.

A 33-year-old man who was reported missing Sunday has been found dead in a vehicle submerged in a Miller County bayou, authorities said.

Police said it appears Reuben Madison of Texarkana, Texas was driving west on U.S. 82 near the 13 mile marker at about 4 a.m. when his 2006 Jeep Cherokee left the road and became submerged in McKinney Bayou.

Conditions were rainy at the time of the wreck, troopers said.

“It appears he failed to negotiate a curve and went off the bridge into the water,” said Arkansas State Police Capt. Brady Gore.

According to Gore, Madison left a relative’s home about half an hour before troopers believe he crashed.

“He left and was supposed to go home to Texarkana, but he never returned home,” Gore said. State police said the Texarkana man’s Jeep was spotted early Monday, and his body was found at about 8 a.m.

At least 482 people have died on Arkansas roads so far this year, according to preliminary reports.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misidentified Reuben Madison's city of residence. He lived in Texarkana, Texas.

Lori Dunn of the Texarkana Gazette contributed to this story.


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