BREAKING: Missing UA Student Found Dead in Black Warrior River
After two days of searching, rescue crews recovered the body of Garrett Walker from the Black Warrior River Tuesday evening.
Randy Smith, Captain of Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue Service, told The Thread that officials positively identified Walker's body around 4:00 Tuesday. They have since notified the family.
Walker, a 20-year-old University of Alabama student, was last seen at approximately 1:15 a.m. Sunday morning leaving the Gray Lady bar on Greensboro Avenue.
Rescue crews comprised of members of the Tuscaloosa Police Department and Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue started searching the area along the Tuscaloosa Riverwalk near the old Bama Belle dock Monday morning.
They first recovered Walker's phone and an article of his clothing along the Riverwalk in the Black Warrior River.
Officials have searched the river from sun up to sun down since Monday, scouting the area via police boat.
Smith said that officials are not answering any questions at this time.
University of Alabama President Stuart Bell issued a statement to all UA students shortly after the body was recovered.
"Our University of Alabama community is heartbroken by the loss of our student, Garrett Walker," Bell said. "Our prayers and deepest sympathy are with his family, friends and loved ones as we mourn his passing. The UA counseling center is available for those affected by the mournful news of his passing."
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