ELK POINT, S.D. (AP) — A college student from Iowa who is presumed drowned in the Missouri River in South Dakota was trying to help others when he went missing.
Twenty-three-year-old Tom Patterson, of Frostburg, Maryland, was swimming with friends Sunday afternoon southwest of Elk Point when he disappeared.READ MORE: MVA's Bus Driver Day To Streamline Process For Applicants To Get Commercial License
Union County Sheriff Dan Limoges says new information from a witness indicates Patterson was trying to help other swimmers back to shore when he was swept away by the current.
Authorities are continuing to search for a body.READ MORE: Ocean City Promises "Zero Tolerance" For Lawbreakers At Unsanctioned H20i Car Event
Patterson had been attending classes at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa.New Trial Ordered For Shawn Little Convicted In Mistaken Identity Killing Of Ray Glasgow, 17
(© Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)