UPDATE: Dogs may have located bodies of missing fisherman


Colbert County EMA Dive Team preparing to search for missing fishermen (Image: Brian Lawson)

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LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. - The search continued Saturday for two missing brothers from Florence. Jacob and Jeremiah Sanders disappeared while on a fishing trip Wednesday.

Tim Greer of Lauderdale Co. EMA says cadaver dogs have hit on something about 600-800 yards below Wilson Dam. The search team partnered with TVA to close the gates to Wilson Dam, to allow divers to search for about 3 hours.

Greer says the river bottom has so many crevices, even with the lower water level, they were unable to locate the brothers today.

They hope, if they can coordinate it with TVA, they can do the same thing tomorrow. TVA had to reopen the gates this afternoon so water levels wouldn't get too high above Wilson Dam.

Greer says they are fairly confident the brother's bodies are where the dogs have picked up a scent.

Crews began searching for the two men Wednesday night, and now they are relying on those who know the river best to help find them.


Greer says these areas near the dam can be especially treacherous. "You have water conditions that even the most experienced motors are going to have real difficult time dealing with," Greer said.

The boat the brothers were on, a 12-14 foot bass boat, was found early Thursday morning. Ever since that discovery, Greer said the nature of the search has changed.

"We are in recovery mode. That was playing once we recovered the boat," he said.

Because of the swift current, searchers have expanded the search area up to 12 miles below the dam and are in it for the long-haul.

"We will be here until we have a result," Greer said.

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