- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 30, 2015

RICH HILL, Mo. (AP) - Authorities are searching in a flooded southwest Missouri conservation area for a missing duck hunter.

Sgt. John H. Lueckenhoff, of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, says the hunter disappeared this weekend from the Four Rivers Conservation Area in Vernon County. Lueckenhoff says the hunter’s boat, dog and waders have been located. The man’s name and age weren’t immediately released.

Search crews are using patrol boats equipped with sonar equipment in the search. Lueckenhoff says a dive team is on standby to recover the hunter.

Lueckenhoff described the deluge that caused the flooding as “absolutely incredible.” A search also is underway in Polk County for a man whose vehicle was caught in floodwaters.

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