Body of missing 20-year-old UA student pulled from Black Warrior River

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — A body pulled from the Black Warrior River Thursday morning has been identified as a 20-year-old student at the University of Alabama who went missing on the river earlier this week.

The student was later identified as Kirsten Jones. She was a member of the Nu Chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority at the University of Alabama.

At 10 a.m. Thursday, Northport Fire and Rescue recovered a body at the Oliver Lock and Dam in Northport. The discovery of the body comes as law enforcement have been searching for a missing 20-year-old UA student who went missing Tuesday on the river.

Two of the boaters made it out of the water safely but Jones never resurfaced. Divers used sonar and cameras to locate her.

“This is extremely tragic and she is getting into the prime of her life going through school trying to figure what they are doing with their life and the next step in life then something like this happens. So it’s a very tragic situation,” Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Senior Trooper Freddie Ingram said.

“They put down a camera on the bottom of the river and the camera verified it was her and then after the camera verified it was her we put in the dive team in the water and the dive team went down and was able to recover her and bring her back,” Ingram said.

Members of the Nu Chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority at the University of Alabama are mourning the loss of their sorority sister. The chapter released a brief statement Thursday evening:

It is with unimaginable grief that we mourn the loss of our sister, Kirsten Jones, PC ‘18. Kirsten was such a source of light to everyone blessed enough to know her and was an amazing sister and friend. She was incredibly loved by so many and will be remembered for her fun-loving spirit, laugh, and authenticity. She will be in our hearts forever. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends during this difficult time. We love you, Kirsten.

Nu Chapter, Zeta Tau Alpha

ZTA Alumnae in the Huntsville/Madison, Alabama area made a status on Facebook remembering Kirsten Jones.

Ingram tells CBS 42 none of the three onboard the boat were wearing a life jacket.  The case is under investigation, but ALEA is calling this a tragic accident.

A GoFundMe has been set up for Jones. If you’d like to donate, click here.


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