Body of Helena man missing on Lay Lake recovered

SHELBY COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT): UPDATE MONDAY, AUG. 14: The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency reports the body of the missing Helena man has been recovered. He has been identified as 41-year-old Max Pernell Blalock, III.

Trooper Chuck Daniel says the man’s body was located in lay Lake near Waxahatchee Creek Monday morning, near the area where he disappeared.

A woman who said she was on the boat with him Saturday night told CBS 42 that he was out on the water with friends, planning to watch the meteor shower.

Blalock had been in and out of the water several times already before near the boats with his friends. The last time he was seen, he had picked up a noodle float and stepped off the edge of the boat. He went under but never resurfaced.

Friends, other boaters and rescue teams searched for Blalock into the night and throughout the day Sunday. His body was found Monday morning as rescue teams were just getting started.

“Night time on the water is it’s own hazard. If someone goes in the water — unlike the day time where you can see where someone went in — night time makes it that much more difficult,” said Trooper Daniel.

“Our thoughts and our prayers go out to the families as our Marine patrol troopers try to put together the details and timeline of the events that took place that cost this man his life.”

Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and multiple area rescue teams searched for a missing man on Lay Lake Sunday.

Sunday morning, ALEA issued a tweet they were searching for a missing man from Helena on Lay Lake near Waxahatchee Creek. EMA Director Hub Harvey, who was assisting in the search, said the man has been missing since Saturday evening.

ALEA Marine Patrol Division is coordinating the search effort. The Shelby County EMA along with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Calera Dive Team and rescue teams from Southeast Shelby, Childersburg and Alexander City are assisting in the search.

The Red Cross has been on scene to support the first responders.

“The biggest thing for the public is, please if you can avoid the area we would really appreciate it. Let us do our jobs. Let the first responders do it safely and as efficiently as possible. And just continue to keep, as we are doing, continue to keep the family members in your thoughts and prayers,” said Shelby County EMA Director Hub Harvey.

ALEA suspended the search Sunday evening for the safety of first responders and will resume Monday morning.

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