Search underway for 2 women in Bankhead National Forest

Published 9:20 am Thursday, October 22, 2020

The Lawrence County Alabama Sheriff’s Office is conducting a search and rescue operation for two women within Bankhead National Forest.

At approximately 9:15 p.m. Wednesday the Sheriff’s office created a post on their Facebook page that they were searching for two adult females in the area.

Chief Deputy Tim Sandlin told the local newspaper that the Sheriff’s Multi-Agency Search and Rescue unit had made phone contact with the two missing women and began a ground search Wednesday night that lasted until 2 a.m.

He said the search resumed around 8 a.m. Thursday with Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s aviation unit assisting in the air.

There are dozens of entry points to the park and 90 miles worth of trails to cover. According to the Lawrence County Sheriff’s office, rescue teams started their search at the Randolph Trail Head.