Missing man found in Tallapoosa River - WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

Missing man found in Tallapoosa River

Posted: Updated:
TALLASSEE, AL (WSFA) -

The Wetumpka man who disappeared in the Tallapoosa River Thursday has been found.

27 year-old John William Picken was recovered by a water rescue team Saturday morning around 9 AM. WSFA News Reporter Hannah Lane reports authorities were hopeful for a different outcome, but are grateful they could provide closure on the case.

John Picken, his brother and two friends were fishing on rocks in the Alabama River last Thursday evening when water began to rise, which is typical because Alabama Power releases water through a dam into the river. Picken was the only person not able to make it safe to shore.

He did not have a floatation device.

Chief Jimmy Rodgers says this is the first drowning in the Tallapoosa River in about 4 years.

Copyright 2013 WSFA 12 News. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

1414 North Memorial Parkway
Huntsville, AL 35801
256-533-4848

WAFF Is a Proud Member
of the Raycom Family of Stations


FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WAFF. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.