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Crews Search Columbia For Missing Pasco Farmer

Thu., June 5, 1997

Crews were searching the Columbia River for a millionaire Pasco onion farmer who apparently fell into the river from his yacht Wednesday, Benton County authorities said.

Jack Carr, 53, was bringing his new 60-foot yacht up the river to Pasco from Seattle on Wednesday when he apparently fell overboard, authorities said. On board with him were his wife, child and three friends.

They discovered him missing at about 9 a.m. as the boat approached the McNary Dam locks south of the Tri-Cities, authorities said. Carr apparently had not been wearing a life jacket.

Crews searched the river downstream of the dam from the water, air and ground. A stray buoy believed to have come from the yacht was found, but no sign of Carr was discovered.

Carr, the owner of Carr Farms, recently donated a $1.3 million parcel of land to help start a Roman Catholic preparatory school in Pasco.

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