Dakota Bingham

Dakota Bingham was last seen late Sunday night in East Nashville.

Metro Police's aviation unit is searching the Cumberland River for a man reported missing earlier this week.

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Metro Police and the Nashville Office of Emergency Management have continued to search the Cumberland River on Thursday for a man last seen late Sunday night.

Police received video footage from a business near the river that showed a man, believed to be 28-year-old Dakota Bingham, struggling to stay afloat around midnight Monday.

"There was some video that was recovered by a nearby business that showed a person that was in the water, kind of treading the water at one point in time, and then begin to float on their back and dog paddle, but you can see the video appears to show dragging that person away even though they were appearing to swim in the opposite direction, and then you lose sight of the person," Nashville Fire Department/Office of Emergency Management spokesperson Kendra Loney said.

The Nashville Office of Emergency Management is doing a sonar search on the East Bank of the river based on information provided by Metro Police that a person was seen in the water near that area.

"The sonar is limited in its imaging so since about noon or so they have been using an ROV in the water," Loney said. The piece of equipment gives crews a clearer image so they can better decide whether to send a diver in the area if the water conditions are safe.

Loney said crews would not be actively searching the river on Friday because of forecasted weather but would resume the search on Saturday morning if nothing is found on Thursday.

Bingham had last been seen with friends leaving Noble’s Kitchen and Beer Hall a bar on Main Street, around 11:15 p.m. on Sunday. He told friends he would be riding a scooter home to his apartment on McGavock Street off West End.

Police said Bingham was seen on surveillance video near Fifth and Main where he briefly got onto a scooter before leaving on foot. He was next seen at the TA Truck Stop, 111 N. First St., around midnight, which is near the same area and time where his phone was last detected.

Alexis Johnisee, a friend who was with Bingham on Sunday night and reported him missing on Monday afternoon after he had not been seen, said she found Bingham’s wallet near the Marathon dock.

“All of his cares are still in there, and cash is still there,” Johnisee said Wednesday night.

Metro Police have not released the surveillance video showing the man in the water.


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