Second child's body found in Polk County creek

Second child's body found in Polk County creek

January 29th, 2013 by Ben Benton in Local - Breaking News

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/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.