Authorities locate missing swimmer at DeKalb & Jackson County line


DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. – A recovery operation is over after crews located the body of a missing swimmer that disappeared on the DeKalb and Jackson County line.

DeKalb County EMA director Anthony Clifton confirmed the man’s body was found around 2 p.m. Monday.

The DeKalb County Coroner’s Officer identified the man as Donald Craig Stinnett, 49.

Captain Eddie Tigue with Scottsboro/Jackson County Rescue Squad said officials were called to Matheny’s Bridge after 7:30 p.m Sunday for a male swimmer in distress. He said officials searched Sunday night until 11 p.m.

DeKalb County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Deputy Director Michael Posey confirmed the operation had transitioned to a recovery effort and restarted Monday morning.

Air Squads, Fort Payne Fire Department along with their Swift Water Rescue, Fisher Rescue Squad with their Dive Team, the DeKalb Sheriff’s Department and both Emergency Management Agencies from DeKalb and Jackson County were on scene.

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