The search is on for a man who jumped into the river while evading Tulare County deputy

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A man who deputies say jumped in a river to avoid being captured is missing, and is believed to still be in the river Thursday afternoon.

At around 7:40 a.m. Thursday, a Tulare County Sheriff’s deputy was searching for a suspect wanted for a felony narcotics warrant when another man dropped a meth pipe in front of him, a department news release says.

The deputy says the man who allegedly dropped the pipe also gave a fake name. When he went to arrest the man, he jumped into St. John’s River and was seen swimming for about 100 yards, then disappeared about a quarter mile west of the bridge off Road 132.

The man is identified as 47-year-old Andrew Joseph Sedillo. He is on probation for assault with a deadly weapon and has three active arrest warrants, according to the sheriff’s office.

Dozens of deputies, the CHP helicopter, a drone, dive team and other agencies are all helping to look for Sedillo. He was last seen wearing a grey long sleeve shirt and khaki pants.

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