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Still no word after mysterious police chase

Deputies getting no tips on man who jumped into the river and disappeared

Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST

ROCK FALLS – The Whiteside County Sheriff’s Department, a bit baffled by a lack of tips, still is looking for information on a man who jumped into the Rock River Friday night to avoid being caught.

“We have not received any phone calls about it, which is kind of odd,” Deputy Greg Williams said.

Quite the opposite happened when Scott Denning jumped into the river in May 2011 after robbing Casey’s in Sterling with Joshua Messenger. Denning, 39, drowned; his body was found 4 days later in the river near Lyndon. Messenger was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

“The phone was ringing off the hook,” Williams said. “The fact that nobody’s called in to question or report anything [about Friday’s incident] has shocked me. It makes me wonder if he’s from around here.”

When deputies responding to a complaint about an unknown man banging on the front door of a rural Rock Falls home arrived around 10 p.m., the man took off and, after a short chase, jumped into the river. He did not resurface where deputies could see him, and a search of the river that night turned up nothing.

The man was white, and wore all black clothes and a black stocking-type hat.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sterling Police Department at 815-632-6640 or the anonymous reward hotline, Whiteside County Crime Stoppers, at 815-625-7867.

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