Crews enter their second week in search for Kelsey Starling

Crews enter their second week in search for Kelsey Starling
Search for missing boater still underway (Source: WBRC Fox6 News)

CRANE HILL, Ala. (WBRC) - Crews are still searching for a missing Birmingham City Schools teacher more than a week after she went missing on Smith Lake.

Kelsey Starling, a Birmingham City Schools teacher, was thrown from a boat on July 4th.

Several crews have been working day and into the evening assisting in the search for Starling

Crews are using drones, cadaver K9s, sonar technology and divers in the search. Daphne Search and Rescue found what looks to be a forest under Smith Lake while using a Kongsberg sonar during their search.

An underwater forest in Smith Lake is hampering the search for Kelsey Starling, who has been missing since July 4.
An underwater forest in Smith Lake is hampering the search for Kelsey Starling, who has been missing since July 4. (Source: Daphne Search and Rescue)
An underwater forest in Smith Lake is hampering the search for Kelsey Starling, who has been missing since July 4.
An underwater forest in Smith Lake is hampering the search for Kelsey Starling, who has been missing since July 4. (Source: Daphne Search and Rescue)

Divers are being assisted by local volunteer fire departments, the Cullman County Sheriff’s Department and ALEA’s Marine Patrol Division.

Christian Aid Ministries is also assisting authorities with the search. They are a search and rescue unit from Tennessee that have sonar equipment to help scan the area.

William Jackson Fite (Source: Winston Co. Jail)
William Jackson Fite (Source: Winston Co. Jail) (Source: Winston Co. Jail)

William Jackson Fite, 23, of Decatur, was booked into the Winston County Jail on a charge of Boating Under the Influence. Four other passengers on the Mastercraft were transported for medical attention.

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