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BODY OF WOMAN REPORTED MISSING RECOVERED IN CUMMINS FALLS STATE PARK

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The body of a woman, missing since Wednesday, was recovered last night (Friday, July 7, 2017) near Cummins Falls State Park in Jackson County. The Tennessee Highway Patrol has identified her as 73-year-old Peggy McDaniel. The grandmother was with her son’s family and more than 30 other people, when they got trapped by surging flood water at the state park. She was the only one who did not make it out alive. The body of another woman from Sale Creek, Tennessee was found during the search. Officers say that person was not part of the group McDaniels was with and came to the park to try to help search for McDaniel. A Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter pilot spotted McDaniel’s body at 2:12 p.m. Friday. She was a mile and a half downstream from the falls. It took rescue workers more than two hours to get to her. They waded through waist-deep water to reach her. The THP pilot who found McDaniel is Lt. Brad Lund, who helped rescue almost a dozen people, including children swept away by the flooding on Wednesday.

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