Body of second child found in Conasauga Creek
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
Jan 30, 2013 | 1883 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Searchers located the body of a 7-year-old girl who was lost in the swirling waters of Conasauga Creek earlier this month.

Her 6-year-old brother’s body was found last week, but their father’s body remains missing after their canoe reportedly overturned.

According to reports from West Polk Fire Rescue Chief Steve Lofty, Helana Alley’s body was located at 10:34 a.m. Tuesday. Lazarus Alley’s body was located last week, but officials have been unable to find Nick Alley’s body. TWRA officials confirmed the identity of the children.

Nick Alley was canoeing on the rain-swollen creek Jan. 16 with his five children, who were all reportedly under 10 years of age, according to Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officer Ben Davis.

The canoe overturned, dumping the family members into the raging waters.

Three of the children made it to safety.

Rescue and search crews began searching by foot and by using rafts, kayaks and canoes.

Lofty said the waters of the creek had swollen to approximately 12 feet above normal levels and the creek was out of its banks as the flow headed toward an opening in the Hiwassee River.

After several days, the waters had receded enough so a ground search could also begin.

Searchers have utilized a track-hoe from Wright Construction Co. to dredge the creek and break through piles of trees which had blown down from tornadoes in recent years.

“Bad weather today will keep us from searching and we hope the rain expected doesn’t create additional problems,” said Davis.

Officials have scaled back the multi-agency operation, but continue to search both ground and water, according to Lofty.