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Lowering of Flint heightens search

ALBANY, Ga. -- Despite the passage of nine months, the search for the remains of a 77-year-old woman missing from Dougherty County continues, law enforcement officials said.

Fannie Corley, a cancer patient, was reported missing after her car was found Dec. 24, 2009 on the North Jefferson Bridge above Lake Chehaw. It is believed she went into the water.

Searches since that date have been fruitless.

"We never give up. We never quit," said Dougherty County Police Department Capt. Jim Sexton. "It is our job. It is what we do."

The Albany Dougherty Search & Rescue Team also has that attitude, according to an e-mail from team commander Chuck Mitchell.

"The organization of a search for the body of Fannie Corley will be a joint venture," the e-mail stated. "Volunteers are needed to search the banks of the river on foot."

Experienced kayak and canoe paddlers are also needed, Sexton said, adding the paddlers must be adults and have their own personal flotation devices to participate.

Trained rescue/recovery divers are needed to search the river bottom at the spillway south of Cox Landing.

The search is planned to start at 8 a.m. Thursday with volunteers meeting on a vacant lot at 100 Lover's Lane Road. That lot sits on the corner of North Jefferson Street and Lover's Lane. The search will end for the day at 2 p.m., the e-mail stated.

Plans call for volunteers to search the banks of the river on foot from the bridge at Lover's Lane to the Georgia Power Dam. Kayakers and canoe paddlers will search the waterway.

At an April search, Sexton said that Department of Natural Resources Rangers had found pants identified by Corley's family as Fannie Corley's a few weeks before.

Also participating in Thursday's search are Dougherty County Sheriff's Office deputies, Lee County Sheriff's Office deputies and rangers from the Department of Natural Resources.

Sexton said anyone with questions could call his office at (229) 430-6600.