Second Avenue bridge closed

Authorities closed the Second Avenue Bridge in Hutchinson most of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday as they searched for a missing elderly man believed to have fallen in the Crow River.

The search for a 75-year-old Hutchinson man was suspended Monday due to unsafe water levels on the Crow River.

Hutchinson police have been searching for Gordon Mogard since he was reported missing Tuesday, Oct. 1. Authorities believe he fell into the river, and so far that has been where they've focused their entire search, according to Hutchinson Police Chief Tom Gifferson.

"We just have some evidence that leads us to that," Gifferson said. "I can't really disclose what that is right now, but again, we just have some evidence that leads us to that point. It's not 100 percent, but it's the best we got."

With the large amount of rain the area received this past week, however, conditions on the river were not safe to continue the water search, according to a police press release Monday morning. Periodic air searches will continue.

"The intent is to meet again later in the week or early next week, and then depending on where the water levels are we'll discuss our plan of action at that time," Gifferson said. "Our hope would be that we find him before that time, but in the event that we haven't, then we'll more than likely resume some sort of water recovery efforts at that time."

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