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Search for Jimmie Box, missing DeRidder man, moves to Newton County

Mike Lout, KJAS & Lauren Blankenship, BDN Editor

A recent report from KJAS Radio News out of Jasper, Texas says the search for Jimmie Box, a missing DeRidder man, has moved to Newton County, Texas after officials on both sides of the state line obtained information that alleges the man was murdered on or under the Bon Weir Bridge on the Sabine River.

Newton County Sheriff Billy Rowles said late Saturday that officers in Louisiana had interviewed an unidentified woman in Louisiana. This woman alleged Box was shot and killed in the area of the Bon Weir Bridge.

Rowles declined to say who the woman was or where she got her information.

Members from the Jasper County Emergency Corps search for evidence

The search for Box, 26, began on Sunday, August 2 when his family reported him missing. A break in the case came a few days later when the pick up he was last seen in was found in Calcasieu Parish. Rowles did not comment on if the located vehicle in Calcasieu was directly related to the alleged crimes in Texas. 

Officers from both side of the river converge.

Rowles said he and his deputies searched the area in and around the Bon Weir Bridge on Highway 190 for several hours on Saturday for evidence. They searched again on Sunday, this time with the help of officers from the Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Department, DeRidder Police Department, Newton Police, Texas Game Wardens and the members of the Jasper County Emergency Corps.

Law enforcement from both Newton County and Beauregard Parish discuss their search

Later in the day, the search was called off.

A source in the search party said the information obtained by officers had not panned out into anything of substance. There was no information gathered to indicate the validity of if Box was shot and if so who did it, why they did it and where his body was. 

Beauregard Parish Sheriff Mark Herford released the following statement to the Beauregard Daily News on the case, "This is an ongoing investigation involving multiple agencies. We are committed to solving this case. We have been working non-stop on this and will continue to until we get to the bottom of what happened."

The family of Box stated, "We are searching and won't stop."