published Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Second child’s body found in Polk County creek

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    Bradley and Polk counties operations chief Dewey Woody Jr. radios to emergency personnel as they search a large log jam near the Delano Rd. Bridge.
    Photo by Dan Henry /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Polk County authorities and members of a grieving community have found the second of two children who went missing along with their father earlier this month on Conasauga Creek in Delano, Tenn.

Polk County EMA director and West Polk Fire and Rescue Chief Stephen Lofty said the body of 7-year-old Helana Alley was found at 10:35 a.m. today around 2,000 feet from where she, her 6-year-old brother Lazarus and her father, Nick, last were seen after their canoe capsized and dumped them and three others into the flooded waters.

On Jan. 16, Nick Alley and five of his children were in the canoe on Conasauga Creek. Three children escaped the floodwaters, but Alley and the other two children did not. Rescuers found Lazarus’ body last Thursday, and the community held a funeral the following day.

Lofty said searchers today were using poles to probe the water and tracking dogs to continue the search for the children’s father.

“Now, I think it’s an issue now with this weather coming in,” Lofty said of storms expected to move in tonight. “We had high hopes that this weather would stay stable until the weekend.”

He said search crews would continue looking until dark.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

about Ben Benton...

Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. Benton ...

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