Rescuers to scale back search for father, daughter

Rescuers to scale back search for father, daughter


BENTON (AP) - A group of rescuers looking for two members of a Mennonite family missing for over a week say they will have to scale back the search.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports 36-year-old Nick Alley and his 7-year-old daughter Helana went missing on Jan. 16 after their canoe tipped over in a flooded Polk County creek.

3 of Alley's children were able to swim to safety. The body of 6-year-old Lazarus was discovered Thursday.

At times, more than 100 people have engaged in the search, including teams from Polk County and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. But West Polk Fire and Rescue Chief Stephen Lofty said the group cannot continue the intense searching day after day.

Lofty said a team of about five people may continue searching this week.

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