Searchers Recover Fouke Man’s Body from Sulphur River


Search teams were able to find and recover the body of Ryan Shane Johnson, 21, of Fouke Arkansas from the Sulphur River around 12:15 pm Thursday afternoon. Johnson went missing Tuesday evening while wading in the current with friends near Smith Park.

Johnson’s body was discovered near the Smith Park Landing on Sulphur River in Miller County.

Many agencies were involved in the search with the Miller County Sheriff’s Department, including the Corp of Engineers, the Red Cross, Texas Parks and Wildlife, the Bowie County Sheriff’s Office, many local Volunteer Fire Departments, and the Bowie County Dive Team among others.

MCSO Press Release:

On Thursday, the 15th day of June, 2017 at approximately 12:15 P.M. the Miller County Office of Emergency Management in conjunction with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department, and the Bright Star Volunteer Fire Department, recovered the body of 21-year-old Ryan Shane Johnson of Fouke, Arkansas from the Sulfur River at the Smith Park Landing.

We would like to thank the Corp of Engineers, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Salvation Army, Red Cross, Bowie County Sheriff’s Office, Genoa Volunteer Fire Department, Boggy Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Mandeville Volunteer Fire Department, the Doddridge Volunteer Fire Department, the Bowie County Dive Team and many others who volunteered their time during this unfortunate incident. Each of these entities devoted many hours assisting in the recovery.  Their time and effort was essential in the process and we want to extend our thanks for their dedication to duty.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family as they deal with their loss.


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