Body Of Missing Alabama Man Found

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

An eight week search for a missing Alabama man is over after crews found his body in the Big Sandy River late Sunday afternoon.

19 year old Matthew Dobbs went missing on January 5th from the Super 8 in Pikeville. The Big Sandy River runs right in front of it. Sunday crews found Dobbs' body in the water a few thousand feet from the motel site.

Searchers say his body was held up against some brush in the water near the Pauley Walking Bridge and say it appears his body floated down stream. Crews report Dobbs had on the same clothes his family said he was wearing the night he disappeared. Searchers say they felt like Sunday was their last chance to find him because after searching for 8 weeks with no luck, they asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reduce the water level this weekend. They lowered the water two feet at Fishtrap and Flannagan Lakes reducing the water level on the Big Sandy River.

"Without the Corps of Engineers reducing the water, we'd been unable to find him. The river is going up this afternoon. He could have washed down and gone on down the river if we hadn't found him today," said Millard Fire and Rescue Chief Glen Adkins.

Officials say they're waiting for an autopsy to determine the cause of death. That's expected this week. Officials say that will determine if foul play is suspected.

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