Marshall Co. Sheriff’s Office Continues Search for Boater Missing Since Nov. 15
GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office says it continues to search for a boater missing for more than two weeks.
Jackie Neil Rowell, 57, of Guntersville, was last seen November 15. Last Tuesday, November 26, sheriff’s investigators and the Alabama Marine Police found Rowell’s boat along the Tennessee River near the Guntersville Lock and Dam.
They were looking for the boat because the manager of a local marina reported Rowell missing the previous day. The manager said Rowell normally stays in contact with the marina while on trips, but they became concerned when a few days had passed and they didn’t hear from him. Rowell apparently had some medical problems within the past year.
Sheriff’s deputies processed the boat, and found everything in order. They also found a kitten inside, and turned it over to a family member. Deputies say there is evidence that suggests Rowell fell out of the boat, but they’re not sure where. The boat’s drive gear was engaged in the “forward idle” position, and all switches for night-time operation (lights) were turned “on”.
Several agencies have continued to search for Rowell daily, including the Guntersville Rescue Squad, the Sheriff’s Marine Unit, Sheriff’s Aviation Unit and Alabama Marine Police. They are using a helicopter when weather permits.
If you have any information about Jackie Rowell, please call the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office at (256) 582-2034.