Kalamazoo River search continues for missing man

Friends of an 18-year-old Michigan man told authorities that he and other members of their group jumped into a swift-flowing river over the weekend while celebrating an evangelist's failed prediction that the Rapture would occur. Crews still were searching Tuesday for Anthony A. Johnson's body. The Kalamazoo man last was seen Saturday after he jumped from a Comstock Township bridge into the Kalamazoo River.
AP Wire
May 25, 2011


A member of the group said Johnson was not a good swimmer and was swept away by the current. The group was celebrating the fact that Harold Camping’s end of the world claim did not take place Saturday.

“That’s what they told us and we don’t have reason to disbelieve them,” Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Pali Matyas told The Associated Press. “These are just kids who are just goofing around.”

Matyas said he was not sure how many in the group actually jumped into the water.

Camping, a California preacher and head of Family Radio International, spent millions of dollars on billboards and other ads stating that a natural disaster would hit the world Saturday and eventual lead to mankind’s end. Camping had said 200 million Christians would be taken up to heaven before the catastrophe took place. He has since revised his prediction and pushed back earth’s end to Oct. 21.

In Comstock Township, about 47 miles south of Grand Rapids, the search for Johnson was expected to continue until sunset when authorities will evaluate the situation, Matyas said.

An oil company bought and donated advanced sonar equipment to aid in the search.


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