Officials ID Body Found At Cummins Falls During Search For Missing Woman

Posted at 5:57 PM, Jul 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-07 13:30:47-04

A body was found at Cummins Falls State Park Thursday as crews searched for a missing 73-year-old who was swept away during flash flooding.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation officials identified the woman as 45-year-old Lisa Michelle Hillian, of the Sale Creek community in Hamilton County. 

The body was found around 9 a.m. as searchers were looking for an elderly woman who was swept away Wednesday during flash flooding at the falls. 

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Crews rescued more than two-dozen people, who had become stranded by the raging water. Multiple people were swept down stream, but only one has remained unaccounted for.

In a press conference Thursday evening, the Jackson County Sheriff and Emergency Management Director said the body that was pulled from the water was not the elderly woman.

They did not know if Hillian died during the flash flooding or if it was part of an unrelated incident.

TBI officials said an autopsy would be performed by the Medical Examiner's Office to determine the cause of death. The investigation remained ongoing.

The EMA director said everyone who was rescued from the falls was not local, which has added to the difficulty of making them accounted for.