Maggie Lean Wright was reported missing after leaving a party at the Demopolis Civic Center on Saturday, Dec. 21.
Maggie Lean Wright was reported missing after leaving a party at the Demopolis Civic Center on Saturday, Dec. 21.

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Coroner: Found body is missing Demopolis woman

Published 11:10am Thursday, January 2, 2014

A body discovered Sunday is that of missing Demopolis woman Maggie L. Wright, according to Marengo County Coroner Stuart Eatmon.

Wright’s body was found Sunday afternoon in the river near the Demopolis Yacht Basin by a boater.

Wright was last seen Dec. 21 leaving a party at the Demopolis Civic Center, telling others she was going to walk home. She lived at Martin Luther Homes apartments on Strawberry Avenue, about three blocks from the civic center.

The 57-year-old grandmother reportedly had health concerns, including diabetes, according to DPD Police Chief Tommie Reese.

Eatmon said his report would rule the death an accidental drowning. The body was sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Montgomery for an autopsy, which has since been completed.

Wright’s body showed no signs of any injuries, Eatmon said.

On Friday, Dec. 27, a K-9 unit out of north Alabama was brought in to look for Wright but found no clues into her disappearance.

SARTEC K-9 Unit, Inc. is a volunteer search and rescue unit based in Madison. The unit specializes in land and water searches using air scenting, man trailing and cadaver dogs.

On Christmas Eve, Demopolis police officers, firefighters and volunteers canvassed several city blocks from the civic center to Wright’s apartment but found no sign of Wright either.

Reese asked that the community keep the Wright family “in their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time, especially since this is the holiday season.”

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