Police: Man jumps into Stones River to avoid questioning, remains missing

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Authorities are searching for a 28-year-old man they say jumped into the Stones River in Donelson.

It happened late Thursday night when the man was trying to avoid questioning by a Metro police officer.

According to authorities, an officer noticed a car parked in Heartland Park near McGavock Pike around 10:20 p.m. The park was closed.

The officer approached the car and asked the three occupants to identify themselves.

After the front seat passenger told the officer he had given him incorrect information, the officer said he was going to detain the individual until he could confirm his identity.

That’s when the man reportedly took off running. Police say he then jumped in the Stones River and swam away, ignoring orders to come back for his safety.

Metro police told News 2 the officer followed the man to the river’s edge, but he never resurfaced.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

Rescue crews attempted to find the man Thursday night into early Friday morning, but the search was unsuccessful.

It resumed Friday but there was still no success.

The Office of Emergency Management used a boat equipped with sonar to paint a picture of the river bottom in an effort to find the man.

The man’s identity has not been released, but officials say he may have ran from the officer because he was wanted on outstanding probation violation and failure to be booked warrants.

The man and woman in the car with him are not cooperating with the investigation, according to authorities.

News 2 was also told Metro police recently stepped up patrols in the area due to increased activity in the park.