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Florida murder suspect accidentally drowns in Missouri river while on the run from authorities

Sherron David McCombs Jr., 22, had been evading Tampa police since May 6. He was wanted in connection with two murders.

A man who fled Florida over allegations that he was involved in two murders died Sunday after he accidentally drowned in a Missouri river, authorities said.

Sherron David McCombs Jr., 22, was floating with a group of acquaintances in the Current River when he drowned, a spokesperson for the Missouri State Highway Patrol said Tuesday.

Troopers got a call around 3 p.m. about a person who went underneath the water and did not resurface. A rescue team pulled McCombs' body from the river shortly after it arrived.

Spokesperson Clark Parrott said troopers were initially unaware that McCombs was wanted in Florida.

"He had been using a fake name with them [his acquaintances], because none of the information they had checked out with us," Parrott said. "So one of our troopers has a portable fingerprint ID machine, and they were able to ID him, and as soon as they did, that's when it set off all kinds of alarms as to who this gentleman was."

Parrott said the highway patrol had no previous interactions with McCombs. He said he believes McCombs was working with some of the acquaintances at the river in Memphis, Tennessee, about three hours away. Parrott said the group most likely went down to the river to hang out.

McCombs had been on the run from Tampa police since May 6, according to a post by Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay. McCombs was wanted in two murders, which took place on Nov. 1 and Jan. 3.

The Tampa Police Department said warrants had been issued for McCombs for first-degree premeditated murder with a firearm and tampering with physical evidence.

In the November case, McCombs allegedly conspired with a co-defendant and other accomplices to kill the victim, police said. He and the co-defendant then "tampered, removed, and hid physical evidence of the offense to cover up their crimes," according to police.

In the second case, McCombs was allegedly driving a car connected to a shooting at an apartment complex. The victim was found lying outside the complex next to a car riddled with bullet holes, police said. The victim died at the scene.

A reward of up to $5,000 was offered for information that led to his location and arrest.