Search continues Monday for man who disappeared in the Merced River

The search resumed early Monday for a man who last was seen a day earlier, crossing the Merced River on horseback.

According to Deputy Daryl Allen, the man, whose name has not been released, was reported missing around 1:30 p.m. Sunday, approximately 500 yards upstream from Santa Fe Drive.

Authorities called off the search 8:30 p.m. Sunday and returned to the area early this morning.

It appears the man entered the river on horseback and as the river deepened, the horse began to swim. A male friend who was also on horseback saw the man go into the water where he disappeared, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Authorities said it is unclear if the man jumped or fell off the horse into the river.

According to Deputy Daryl Allen, the Merced County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team is in the river searching for the man downstream.