Tunica man apparently drowns while riding in flood area

Published 10:21 am Friday, April 4, 2008

TUNICA (AP) — Tunica County authorities say the death of a 63-year-old Tunica man may have been flood-related.

Tunica County Sheriff Randy Stewart says the body of James Paul Smith was found floating in floodwaters near a camp in the Tunica Cutoff area at 1:15 p.m. Thursday.

Stewart says that while the cause of death appears to have been drowning, his office will investigate to make sure there was no foul play.

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A rising Mississippi River is at or near flood stage in the Tunica area, causing sporadic problems.

Stewart said Smith was last seen riding a four-wheeler and leaving the Sunset Lounge in the Tunica Cutoff.