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Body found in woods near Pinson believed to be missing woman

By Gary Lloyd

PINSON — The body of a missing 66-year-old Pinson woman has been found.

The body of Lula Hazzard Skanes was discovered Monday morning in a wooded area near Sweeney Hollow Road and Winchester Hills Drive.

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Randy Christian said a family member searching the area today located her body in a deep ditch at Winchester Hills Drive and Sweeney Hollow Road.

Lula Hazzard Skanes
photo courtesy of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office

“The sheriff’s office is sad to report that a body believed to be that of a missing dementia patient has been located,” Christian said.

Skanes had been missing since about 9 p.m. Friday from her residence in the 1100 block of Oak Creek Trail near Pinson.

The family told officers that Skanes had also been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

Deputies searched the area Friday night and were continuing the search Saturday with K9s.

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