Missing elderly Trafford woman’s body found in creek

TRAFFORD, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE: The search for 82-year-old Nora Wilson Hughes of Trafford has come to an end after her body was found in a creek near where she was last seen, according to a release from ALEA.

Volunteers found Hughes’s body shortly after 2 p.m. on Thursday afternoon. There is no indication of foul play, and cause of death is set to be determined by the coroner’s office.

ORIGINAL: The search for a missing elderly woman from Trafford continues Wednesday as law enforcement have upgraded her status to a missing senior alert.

Nora Wilson Hughes, 82, was last seen by her daughter walking around the yard at their residence in the 3300 block of Smith Mill Road at 10 a.m.

Hughes was last seen wearing a beige sweater and blue jeans, and suffers from Alzheimer’s according to her family, so she may be disoriented.

“She is our heart and soul, everything, and want her to come home safely. If you know anything or see anything please contact the sheriff’s office, any information would help,” said Hughes’s granddaughter Jamie Sutter.

Law enforcement searched around her home Tuesday with help from a infrared equipped helicopter that detects heat signatures and K9 tracking teams. She has still not been found.

Deputies returned Wednesday morning with K9 search teams to resume the ground search. They are focusing on a densely wooded area with steep hills and a creek near Luke Harris Road and Trafford County Line Road. Deputies from the Sheriff’s office SWAT team and Narcotics Unit are going to join the search. The helicopter will be helping too.

Anyone who may have seen Mrs. Hughes is asked to call the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at 205-325-1450.

Search continues for 82-year-old Trafford woman. (CBS42/Matt Fernandez)
Search continues for 82-year-old Trafford woman. (CBS42/Matt Fernandez)

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