Body found in river Sunday afternoon

Published 2:56 pm Sunday, December 29, 2013

Maggie Lean Wright has been missing since Saturday.

Maggie Lean Wright was last seen Saturday, Dec. 21.

Demopolis Police have confirmed that a body was found Sunday afternoon in the river near the Demopolis Yacht Basin.

The body was discovered around 12:30 p.m. by a boater, according to authorities.

DPD Chief Tommie Reese would not confirm if the body was that of Maggie Lean Wright, a Demopolis woman missing since Saturday, Dec. 21.

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The body will be sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Montgomery for an autopsy and for positive identification.

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 has health concerns, including diabetes.

On Friday, 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. They 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.”

More information will be released once received, Reese said. Check back for updates on this story.