Tiverton Homeless Man Feared Dead, May Have Jumped into Bay
TIVERTON, R.I. - The search for a missing homeless man in Tiverton has been mostly called off.
Tiverton Fire Chief Robert Lloyd tells WBSM News police received a call from a family member of the homeless man early this morning, saying he had contacted them telling them he intended to harm himself.
Tiverton Police and Fire personnel responded to the man's last known location, a pier on one of Taunton's northern shorelines. There, they found a pile of clothes and the man's cell phone, which prompted a search that stretched from 3 A.M. through late this morning, involving mutual aid from Fall River and Portsmouth rescue officials, and the Coast Guard.
As dawn broke, the temperature dropped and the winds picked up, forcing most of the boats involved in the search to return to port. Firefighters stopped searching the shorelines around 9 A.M. after finding nothing.
The homeless man, presumed to have jumped into the waters of Narragansett Bay, has not been found.