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Body of Missing 22-Year-Old Truck Driver Finally Found in River

by Jana Ritter - Published: 9/02/2016

It’s been over ten days since Michael Collins of Vicksburg, FL went missing after his dump truck plunged into the Mississippi River while performing a removal job in Warren County. On Friday his body was finally found.

                                                            Michael Collins

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Michael Collins’ remains were located in the river approximately 1000 yards from where his dump truck was found on the day the accident occurred. “At about 3 pm, we were working near river drift debris near the Baxter Wilson power plant,” said Warren County Sheriff, Martin Pace. “A crew from Riverside Construction, using a crane that was mounted on a barge, was removing some debris when the body surfaced. The body had apparently been entrapped under the debris under the water,” he explained. Pace, his deputies and workers from Riverside Construction entered the water and secured the body with a rope and then attached flotation devices to it. Collins’ body was then taken to the Mississippi state crime lab for an autopsy as part of the investigation.

                                                          dump truck driver found

The tragic accident occurred on August 23 at about 5:15 pm. Collins was operating a dump truck sent out to move limestone from river barges at the Florida Marine Transport property to another location on the site. He was waiting to have rocks loaded onto his vehicle, when his truck suddenly rolled into the Mississippi River with him still inside the cab. The Warren County Sheriff’s Department immediately had divers and boats searching the river and within hours they were able to locate the truck under the barges. But Collins' body could not be found.

As the search continued into the evening, Collins’ family members arrived at the scene distraught and screaming that they learned about their missing loved one from social media, rather than being contacted by authorities. The search for the young man continued through the following week with the community also volunteering to help locate their missing neighbor. While family members still clung to the hope that the search was still a rescue mission, a vigil was held for Collins on August 31, the eighth day he was missing. Hundreds of people from the area had gathered on the riverbank to pray and share remembrance as rescuers continued to search the water. “I will get my son out of this river, one day,” Stan Collins said during the vigil. “It may not be today or tomorrow, but I will not give up until I get him back. My words cannot express how much I really truly feel about everybody coming out tonight.”

That day came on Friday and Stan Collins was at least finally able to find that peace of having his son’s body retrieved. Closure but not a happy ending. 


JR Golliday
JR Golliday
RIp young man. Praying for your loved ones
Brian Warren
Brian Warren
Prayers to the families. RIP driver. 🚛
Edward D Hamaker Jr.
Edward D Hamaker Jr.
Rip young man
Marilyn N Allen Dotson
Marilyn N Allen Dotson
RIP Driver.
George Fiebe
George Fiebe
RIP - So sad.
Danielle N David Clinton
Danielle N David Clinton
Sending my condolences to his family. May he rest in peace. Praying
Froest Gump
Froest Gump
R.I.P saver for your wife and kids & family and friends oh lord please.watch over this your driver. In Jesus name Amen
Sharon Kalbfliesh
Sharon Kalbfliesh
My condolences to the families and friends..
Brenda Meixner
Brenda Meixner
What a tragic accident.. prayer's sent to the family!!
Janet Hunt
Janet Hunt
Praying for the family Rip young man
Ed Kirdzik
Ed Kirdzik
RIP DRIVER TO DAMM YOUNG
BigEddie Gee
BigEddie Gee
RIP Brother.
Scott Brownlee
Scott Brownlee

Crystal Taft
Crystal Taft
He was just a baby
Jerry W. Langland Jr.
Jerry W. Langland Jr.

Kepukai Toane
Kepukai Toane
RIP Driver
Sheena Stewart-Taylor
Sheena Stewart-Taylor
RIP Driver. :(
Sara Murray
Sara Murray
RIP Driver
Danny Hulett
Danny Hulett
R I p driver
David Garoppo
David Garoppo
R.I.P Driver
Olga Yakubovsky
Olga Yakubovsky
So sad
Carlos Velazquez
Carlos Velazquez
RIP driver
Jim Metz
Jim Metz
RIP Driver.
Ray Willsey
Ray Willsey
RIP,driver
Judy Russell Evors
Judy Russell Evors
RIP
Brian Morris
Brian Morris
Sad
Steven Johnson
Steven Johnson
Sad
Char King
Char King
Rip young man. Thoughts and prayers for his family, this is sad...my heart aches for his parents
Jim Greco
Jim Greco
Prayers
Levi Dotson
Levi Dotson
R.I.P Brother o the highway 😔
Karla K. Schwarz
Karla K. Schwarz
RIP. Prayers for the family.
Patrick J Bogard
Patrick J Bogard
RIP driver! Gone way too soon!
James McCreight
James McCreight
One less racist. Good.
Brad Sheakley
Brad Sheakley
Seriously? Grow the fuck up you piece of shit!
James McCreight
James McCreight
Boohoo
Keith Dennis
Keith Dennis
The stupid in this one is strong...he's been dumbed down to at least a little dumber than owl shit. Probably just upset because he can't get a boyfriend any better looking than uncovered cat shit. He's for sure a Pussy....
Brad Sheakley
Brad Sheakley
I know Scott Williams, you can't fix stupid
Gloria Morua
Gloria Morua
R.I.P Driver
Belinda Yeater
Belinda Yeater
RIP driver!
Theophylis Colbert
Theophylis Colbert
R.i.p driver
Jacky Worsham
Jacky Worsham
R I P TRUCK DRIVER
Kenneth Antone
Kenneth Antone
Rip young man
Mike Dupuy
Mike Dupuy
R.I.P driver
Susan Traweek Allen
Susan Traweek Allen
So sad🙏
Steve Burruss
Steve Burruss
R I p driver
Cj Weeks
Cj Weeks
R.I.P
Jerry Riley
Jerry Riley
Prayers to all
Mae Johnnie
Mae Johnnie
Prayers to the family.
Norman Lancaster
Norman Lancaster
Rip driver
Jason Scholbrock
Jason Scholbrock
R.i.p brother
Jeff Casey
Jeff Casey
Prayers for his family
Rose Willsey
Rose Willsey
Rest in peace
Michael Harp
Michael Harp
RIP DRIVER
Stephen Russell Campbell Sr.
Stephen Russell Campbell Sr.
R I P DRIVER
Pete Schaffer
Pete Schaffer
Sad
Gogo Sim
Gogo Sim
RIP
Tony Letsche
Tony Letsche
RIP
Russell Wells
Russell Wells
RIP LONG HAULER
Robert D Summerlin
Robert D Summerlin
🙏🙏🙏🙏
Dennis Mayberry
Dennis Mayberry
RIP