James Lowery Sr.

James Lowery Sr.


VINCENT – Authorities this morning identified the missing man whose kayak was found upside down Friday in the Coosa River near Kelly Creek Boat Launch.

St. Clair County Assistant Sheriff Billy Murray identified the man as James Lowery Sr., 67, of Mapleton, Ga.

Authorities have been searching for Lowery throughout the weekend with no luck. St. Clair County Sheriff’s Capt. Dale Isbell said rain has hampered the search, but officials resumed looking this morning.

Lt. Freddie Turrentine said a couple of fishermen saw Lowery put his kayak in the water at the boat launch around 8 a.m. Friday.

“At 12:05 p.m., the same two fishermen saw the kayak upside down,” Turrentine said. “They went and looked for Lowery, but were unsuccessful. That’s when they called the Sheriff’s Department.”

Turrentine believes Lowery was by himself at the time of the incident.

Officials say the two fishermen found the kayak in the main river channel. Isbell said it was about a mile from Logan Martin Dam.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Marine Police is the lead investigating agency in the search.

Also helping in the search are the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office, the Childersburg Rescue Squad, Leeds Fire and Rescue, Leeds and Pell City dive teams, Alabama Game and Fish, and the Tallapoosa County Rescue.

St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office also has a chopper searching by air.

Reach Gary Hanner at ghanner@thestclairtimes.com.