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Update: More details coming from Blount County after body of missing teen found

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19-year-old Allysa Huffstutler went missing while rafting with friends on the Warrior River. (Allysa Huffstutler/Facebook) 19-year-old Allysa Huffstutler went missing while rafting with friends on the Warrior River. (Allysa Huffstutler/Facebook)
Police and rescue vehicles at the search area for Allysa Huffstutler (abc3340.com) Police and rescue vehicles at the search area for Allysa Huffstutler (abc3340.com)
State Trooper helicopter brought in to aid in search for Allysa Huffstutler (abc3340.com) State Trooper helicopter brought in to aid in search for Allysa Huffstutler (abc3340.com)
Part of Warrior River near Locust Fork being searched for Allysa Huffstutler (abc3340.com) Part of Warrior River near Locust Fork being searched for Allysa Huffstutler (abc3340.com)

According to Blount County Sheriff, Loyd Arrington, the body of Allysa Huffstutler has been recovered and is being transported to a local funeral home.  She will then be taken to Huntsville for autopsy.  Huffstutler's body was found in plain sight, in the Warrior River, by a search helicopter. 

Water conditions were better Friday which allowed for the crews in the helicopter to find Huffstutler.

Authorities believe that none of the seven people in the Warrior River Wednesday were wearing personal floatation devices.

 

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Update:

The Blount County EMA Director says the body of 19-year-old Allysa Huffstutler has been found. We're told the body was discovered one mile down stream from where she went into the river Wednesday afternoon. The body was spotted by a helicopter today. We have a crew on the scene gathering the latest information.

 

UPDATE:

The search has resumed for the day along the banks of the river.  The rescue efforts began with ground searchers at 6:30 a.m. Friday.  The water search should resume by 8:00 a.m.

Blount County EMA Director Max Armstrong says they've seen more donations than they know what to do with at this time.  If you'd like to give food, water, ice or any time of donations; he asks that you coordinate donations with the Red Cross.

Also, if you're hoping to help in the search, you're asked to check-in.  Volunteers should check-in at the command post across from the Kings Bend Bridge.

 

Update:

The search for 19-year-old Allysa Huffstutler has ended for the day. Law enforcement will resume the search Friday morning at 8 am. Authorities will continue to search part of the river where Allysa Huffstutler was last seen Wednesday. She and six others went rafting with friends around 4 pm. Approximately 30 minutes later, they hit a rough patch of water and capsized.

There are two prayer vigils planned Thursday night for the teenager. The first will be held at 6:15
at Pennington High School, and the second will be held at Oneonta High School. Both will take place on the football fields.

Update:
The missing girl has been identified as Allysa Huffstutler of Blountsville. There will be a prayer vigil tonight at Oneonta High school's football stadium beginning at 7:30 p.m.

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Several police and rescue agencies are involved in a search for a missing teenager near Locust Fork.

Blount County EMA Director Max Armstrong tells ABC 33/40 the 19 year old University of Alabama student was last seen Wednesday afternoon while rafting the Warrior River with friends.

Seven young adults entered the river Wednesday on inflatable rafts at Kings Bend, between Cleveland and Blountsville. Somewhere on the river, 2 of them lost contact with their rafts. One of them was able to get to shore and go for help when he was unable to find the girl.

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