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Search for woman lost in river in December 2009 continues

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

ALBANY, Ga. -- Searching for the remains of Fannie Corley in the Flint River from the Marine ditch boat landing in Dougherty County south to the Baker County line and back proved fruitless Friday, government officials said.

Corley, a 77-year-old cancer patient, was reported missing after her car was found last Dec. 24 on the North Jefferson Street Bridge above Lake Chehaw. The formal search for Corley tapered off as the weather turned cold and wet in January, which forced the swift-running river to swell more than usual.

"We thought it would be a good day to look again because the water in the river is down," said Dougherty County Police Department Capt. Jim Sexton. "The (Department of Natural Resources) rangers found pants identified by her family as hers a few weeks back."

Dougherty County Police detectives recruited the Albany Fire Department with its search boat to join rangers in the search Friday, said fire Chief James Carswell.

"We found nothing, but we will not stop looking," Carswell said. "We will do everything we can to find her and give her family closure."

The volunteers of the Albany-Dougherty Search and Rescue team have also been searching even though the formal function had ceased, said Chuck Mitchell, its commander.

"We have been looking as weather allowed," Mitchell said. "Our volunteers never stop. They even take an hour out of recreation on the water to look. We don't like it when the body isn't found."