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Misdemeanor charge filed in missing guardsman search


The second full day of searching has ended for the day looking for the man who reportedly jumped into the Red River. That search is centered around the Kansas City Railroad bridge, on the southern edge of downtown Shreveport. That's where two guardsmen jumped off shortly before 9-o'clock Thursday night.

Police are looking for 22-year-old Desmond Desdunes of Prairie View, Louisiana. The first jumper, identified as 19-year old Joshua Miller of Shreveport, made it back to shore. Deputies say Josh Miller tried to answer Desmond's calls for help, but struggled to keep his head above water as well.

Saturday, Miller was summoned to the Caddo Parish Sheriff's marine station, charged with a misdemeanor of trespassing for being on the bridge. "There's just no room up there on those bridges for someone to be walking and a train to come by, they're going to be pushed into the water or drowned or killed so the best thing to do is stay off the bridges" SGT. Alan Davidson, with the Sheriff's Office, says.

"We always hold hope that something is out there that maybe… but we just want to find him or get closure or something for the family to move on with their lives" Davidson says about the continued search efforts.

Desmond's family stayed near the banks all day in hopes of hearing news from the search crews. Crews are focusing their attention to the banks of the red river and near the bridge where he was last seen. "The water pulls and swirls right around these bridges and we're talking 50 to 60 feet of water in some areas around there" Davidson says.

The sheriff's office says the search will continue until they are able to find answers as to where Desmond Desdunes is.

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