Man missing after car found partially submerged in Hardeman County river

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HARDEMAN COUNTY, Tenn. — Search operations have been suspended for a man missing since Friday and believed to be in the Hatchie River Bottoms near Bolivar, Tennessee.

Crews have been looking for Kenny “Ray” Pulse since his truck was found submerged in the river hear Highway 64.

Even with the search suspended, Penny Pulse said she isn’t giving up hope that her brother will be found.

“He’s got a big heart,” she said. “He’s a big country boy. He loves everybody. I love him. I love my brother. I just need him home.”

The Hardeman County Sheriff’s Office posted to Facebook that they received a call about the vehicle around 6:30 p.m. on Friday. The caller said they discovered the vehicle in the Hatchie River off Highway 64 near mile marker 16.

Authorities think Pulse’s Dodge truck the roadway between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. Friday. They said he struck the guardrail before going into the water.

Search and rescue operations began immediately, but so far authorities have not been able to locate Pulse.

Penny Pulse said she watched dive teams go into the water, and she waited for a sign.

“I yell for him,” she said. “I brought him warm clothes because if he was out there, I just wanted to get him in the truck with me and get him warm and make sure he was OK.”

She said now she doesn’t think her brother is in the water, and she thinks something happened to him before the crash.

“I think he got hurt somewhere prior to, but I don’t know,” she said. “I don’t know. I just need him to be OK right now.”

The Hardeman County Sheriff’s Department said there was a passenger in the truck, but the passenger got out before it crashed.

The passenger, who was the one who contacted investigators, has been interviewed, and officials said there’s no evidence the passenger had anything to do with Pulse running off the road.

The tragedy left Pulse’s family with many questions and many prayers that the hard-working man who was trying to get his life back on track will come home, in any way possible.

“I need him, whether I need to get him to take care of, or if I need to get him him home to bury him, I just need my boy home,” Penny Pulse said. “I just need him home.”

Search operations will be on hold until the weather breaks.

Anyone with information about Pulse’s whereabouts should contact the Hardeman County Sheriff’s Office at (731) 658-3971.

Pictures show mangled guard rail where Pulse’s truck went off the road. (Courtesy WREG’s Mike Suriani)

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