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Missing swimmer identified (Updated 9:50 a.m.)

Relatives of missing swimmer Edward Bailey, 34, of Gulfport are at the causeway boat ramp this morning waiting on word that he has been found.

The search resumed this morning for Bailey, who was reported missing in Biloxi's Back Bay on Sunday. Bailey disappeared at Grasshopper Island, which is located with the Back Bay, the Tchoutacabouffa and the Biloxi rivers meet.

Search teams are using the causeway boat ramp to launch and as a command post.

Lauren Thompson, spokesperson for the Department of Marine Resources, said officials are planning to put a boat in the water today that has side-scan and sonar equipment capable of spotting anything underwater.

Officials with the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks along with authorities in Biloxi, Harrison County and West Jackson County have assisted in the search.

The search started Sunday night shortly after a 911 caller reported a possible distressed swimmer.

The Sun Herald updates this story as details develop.

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