CULLMAN, Ala. (WIAT) — Monday morning was the last time anyone saw 18-year-old Billy Wren. He was fishing in the Cold Springs area of Smith Lake. It’s been an agonizing few days his family. They continue to hold out hope that he will be found alive.
Crews have been searching for Wren along the lake.
Sheriff Mike Rainey is leading the search with a small army of law enforcement including, the Sheriff’s dive team, Coast Guard reserve, and the Cullman County Rescue Squad. They are using side-scan sonar equipment.
Sheriff Rainey said of the effort, “that’s one good thing about Cullman, everybody comes together when there’s something like this taking place to assist law enforcement and family in need.”
Officials aren’t the only ones around. Billy’s grandmother, Frances Wren, who last saw him picking up his rod and reel at her home, has been camped out at the Cullman County mobile command center. The center is just a few yards from Smith Lake.
The search for Billy Wren is a big undertaking. In addition to the Sheriff’s office, about a half dozen Cullman County volunteer fire departments are also involved. The Red Cross has set up tents at the command post as well.
If you happen to have any information that could help aid in the search, you are asked to call the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office at: 256-734-0342.
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