From The Trussville Tribune Staff Reports
TRAFFORD – The body of 82-year-old Nora Wilson Hughes was recovered on Thursday.
Her body was found in a creek not far from her home, turning the missing person investigation into a death investigation, according to Chief Deputy Randy Christian. According to al.com, volunteers and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputies made the discovery around 2 p.m. on Thursday.
Hughes was last seen wearing a beige sweater and blue jeans around 10 a.m. at her home on Smith Mill Road in Trafford on Tuesday when she wandered away.
Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputies searched the area around her home on Tuesday, assisted by a helicopter from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency equipped with an infrared device that detects heat signatures, as well as K9 tracking teams. She was still not located.
Deputies returned to the area Wednesday morning to continue a ground search. Deputies are currently searching a densely wooded area with steep hills and a creek near Luke Harris Road and Trafford-County Line Road. SWAT team officers and the narcotics unit are expected to join the search, and the ALEA helicopter will make another sweep Wednesday.