Alabama Woman Who Disappeared After Tornado Hit Found Five Years Later
By Cooking Panda
A woman from Alabama who went missing after a devastating tornado was found alive five years later. Latoya Brown Alabama made headlines in 2016 and her family was much emotional to see her alive.
Laurie Anne MacConnell was one of hundreds of people who disappeared after a tornado hit Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in April of 2011, KPTV reported.
The disaster killed dozens and damaged more than 10 percent of the city’s infrastructure. Most of the residents who went missing were found following the devastation.
By the following month, five people remained missing in Tuscaloosa, with MacConnell being one of them. The Tuscaloosa Police Department learned that MacConnell was in Florida, and investigators collaborated with the Broward County Sheriff’s office as well as U.S. Customs and Border Protection to contact her, AL.com reported.
“An investigator with the Tuscaloosa Police Department was able to speak with Ms. MacConnell over the phone and verify that she was the person listed as missing, and she was in good health,” Tuscaloosa Police Capt. Brad Mason said in a statement.
Mason said MacConnell lived in Georgia at the time she was located, but was identified by the Customs and Border Protection’s missing persons database when she went on a cruise.
MacConnell appeared to have been living with extended family members who were strangers to her relatives in Tuscaloosa, Mason said.
“Hopefully people will see this story and the other three persons that we have not made contact with, maybe somebody might know them, might have seen them or heard from them. We can hopefully make contact with them also,” Mason added.
Three other people remained missing following MacConnell’s reappearance — a woman named Latoya Brown, and a mother and daughter both named Teresa Marioquen.