Coast Guard suspends search for missing canoer along Mississippi River

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NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard suspended its search for Kevin “Rooster” Guy along the Mississippi River near Baton Rouge, Monday evening.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans searched for Mr. Guy with a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and a Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Baton Rouge response boat crew.

The rescue crews searched for four hours covering more than 175 miles of the Mississippi River.

Guy was last seen in East Baton Rouge wearing a T-shirt and jeans and having a “mullet” type hair style. He was reported to have been working at a concert and was last seen by one of the band members around 11:30 p.m., Friday. Mr. Guy told the band member he was going to ride his bike back to his canoe, which was docked reportedly near the USS Kidd along the Mississippi River, to return to his home in Port Allen. Additionally, the Coast Guard received a report that two individuals were on the levee at around midnight Friday night and saw a person in a canoe paddling in the river from East Baton Rouge to Port Allen. It is unknown at this time if that person was, in fact, Mr. Guy.

The search is suspended pending further developments.

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