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UPDATE: Search suspended for missing Ark. woman

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FULTON, Ark. (KNOE 8 News) - The search for a missing woman in the Red River in southwest Arkansas has been suspended indefinitely.

Janice Burris-Northcross has been missing for more than a week after jumping, or being forced off the bridge, to avoid being hit by a truck sliding on the ice.

Her family along with multiple agencies have been searching the Red River over the past week whenever the weather allowed them to do so. Dogs and sonar were used in the search, but the fast current was unsafe for divers.

Friday night, the decision was made to suspend the search, and have periodic patrols over the next 30-40 days.

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FULTON, Ark. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lowered the level of the Red River to help searchers hoping to recover an Ashdown woman missing since an icy traffic accident.

Millwood Lake flows into the Red River near Fulton. The water level was initially lowered so much that searchers had trouble keeping their boats afloat.

Several vehicles collided during icy weather early Saturday and police say when a sliding tractor-trailer approached the area, two people either jumped into the water or were knocked into it. One person was rescued but the other remains missing.

Emergency managers say if the woman isn't found by the end of the day Friday, crews would evaluate whether to continue.

Crews from Arkansas and Texas are searching and Texas searchers brought in sonar to aid them.

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