Search for Missing Md. Swimmer Becomes Search for Body

ELK POINT, S.D. (AP) — The search for a college student who went missing while swimming in the Missouri River in South Dakota has become an effort to recover his body.

Twenty-three-year-old Tom Patterson, of Frostburg, Maryland, was swimming with friends Sunday southwest of Elk Point when he disappeared.

Union County Sheriff Dan Limoges tells the Argus Leader ( ) that crews have searched the area this week and found nothing. He says boats will be patrolling the river every morning and afternoon, looking for a body to give Patterson’s family closure.

Patterson had been attending classes at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa.


Information from: Argus Leader,

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