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Man Flees Deputy, Jumps into River Now Identified


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) -- The Washington County Sheriff's Office identifies the man who jumped into the river at Twin Bridges near Goshen last week.

35 year-old James Valles was last seen on Wednesday, February 28. His family has not heard from him since.

A deputy last saw Valles when he was out checking a vehicle under the bridge and saw to men. The two individuals took off running when the deputy approached. One of them ran off and the deputy tased the other man who they now believe to be Valles.

The deputy says he broke the taser wires and took off again and jumped into the river about 60 yards down. 

Deputies found an area where it appeared someone may have climbed up the bank on the other side.
They also found a life jacket belonging to Valles.

If you know anything about his Valles' whereabouts contact the Washington County Sheriff's Office.


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFTA) -- According to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, a deputy was checking a vehicle by Twin Bridges just after midnight Wednesday. 

The deputy encountered two individuals under the bridge.

The deputy says the two individuals ran from him.

He says he chased one of them, but lost him, and went back under the bridge. He then encountered the other individual, who also ran from the deputy. The deputy chased him, then at one point tased him.

The deputy says the individual broke the taser wires and took off running again.

He then jumped into the river about 60 yards down.

The deputy says he last saw the man swimming in the middle of the river with his head still above the water, and is not sure if the individual got out of the river downstream. 

Search and rescue on scene is on scene. 

Original Story: 

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFTA) –  The Washington County Sheriff's Office is searching for an individual who ran from a deputy and jumped into the river at Twin Bridges near Goshen. 

The deputy was out checking a vehicle under the bridge. 

The individual ran from him on foot, then jumped into the water. 

Washington County Search and Rescue is on the scene right now. 

We will keep you up to date as news comes in. 


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