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Child goes missing in Tallapoosa River, reportedly not wearing life jacket

UPDATE: According to the Tallassee Police Department the body of Preston Williams was located just after 11:00 Saturday night.

Detectives received information from a witness on a possible area that the child had been seen and returned to the area with Alabama Fish and Game.

News 3's Ken Martin is in Tallassee and will have the very latest on News 3 Evening Edition.

TALLASSEE, Ala. - Search crews are scouring the Tallapoosa River for a child who went missing Saturday afternoon. Tallassee Police Chief Matt Higgins confirms police, fire and EMS are trying to find an 18-month-old child in the river.

Police say the 911 call came in around 1:45 Saturday afternoon. Higgins says the search area is off Hwy. 229 in Tallassee.

Higgins adds the child was in the arms of a person who was standing on the rocks. Authorities believe a wave may have caused the child to be accidentally dropped into the water. Police tell News 3 the child was not wearing a life jacket.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 3 on air and online for more updates.

  

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