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UPDATE: Body Found of Missing UAB Student

By: CNN
By: CNN

This story was updated at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 21.

LOCUST FORK, Ala. (AP) -- Searchers have found the body of a University of Alabama student who went missing during a river rafting trip in Blount County.

Blount County's emergency management director, Max Armstrong, says searchers located the body of 19-year-old Alyssa Huffstutler in the water Friday morning.

AL.com (http://bit.ly/19nFU6z ) reports that a state trooper helicopter spotted her body in the water. It was about a mile downstream from where she was last seen.

The young woman had been missing since Wednesday afternoon, when she was with friends floating down the Locust Fork of the Warrior River.

Huffstutler got separated from her inner tube in a rough section of the river. She wasn't seen again, despite being a life guard and scuba diver.

Authorities say muddy water and swift currents hampered the search.
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The search for a missing University of Alabama student resumes this morning.

Search crews and dive teams scour an area along the Warrior River near Cleveland.

Allysa Huff-Stutler, 19, disappeared while white water rafting with friends on Wednesday.

Witnesses say some of the rafts overturned and when the rafters regrouped they realized Huff-Stutler wasn’t with them.

Her relatives are hoping she is still alive. They say she is a certified diver, a lifeguard and a strong swimmer.


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