All missing are accounted for

All missing are accounted for

May 9th, 2011 by Mariann Martin in News

Emergency management agencies in Southeast Tennessee, Northwest Georgia and Northeast Alabama said they do not have any reports of missing people who had not been located as of Friday.

Tennessee Emergency Management Agency spokesman Jeremy Heidt said all agencies he has spoken to consider the search-and-rescue phase of the storm recovery to be completed.

"That doesn't mean we couldn't find someone, but the locals wouldn't rest until everyone had been accounted for," Heidt said.

In DeKalb County, where 34 people were killed and hundreds of homes destroyed, officials said the chances of someone still being in the rubble was "extremely low."

"All the areas have been searched and searched again," said Darrell Lester, with the DeKalb Emergency Management Agency. "We've identified everyone."