In search for missing woman, remains of 45-year-old found at Cummins Falls


JACKSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – During the search for an elderly woman who went missing at Cummins Falls on Wednesday, search crews found the remains of someone else.

The discovery was made around 9 a.m. Thursday morning as rescue crews scoured the area surrounding the waterfall.

The remains were identified as 45-year-old Lisa Hillian, of Sale Creek, which is in Hamilton County, Tennessee.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is assisting in the investigation. An autopsy will be performed to determine Hillian’s cause of death.

Officials vowed to continue their search for the missing 73-year-old woman, who was among 40 people who became trapped near the falls after water rose dangerously high, dangerously fast.

Anywhere from 40 to 50 personnel were on site Thursday with three kayaks in the water, along with two drones and a Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter in the air above as the search for the elderly woman continues.

Additional information was not immediately released.

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