Search Continues for Missing Leighton Man

The search continues for the Leighton man who disappeared after sheriff deputies busted up a dog-fighting raid on Saturday, December 19th.

Sheriff Gene Mitchell says family members first feared, 30-year-old Justin Fuqua, had fallen into a creek after the raid over a week ago. However, there have been reports that he may have been seen on Tuesday, December 22nd.

Yesterday, about twenty search and rescue workers scowered the area where Fuqua's body is believed to be located. They are having to battle the elements of fast currents, near zero visibility and forty-eight degree water. The Lawrence County Emergency Management Agency has brought in several cadaver dogs teams as well as highly trained dive teams to aid in the search.

One of the searchers told WAAY 31 reporter, Ross Sather, "We did a pretty good search of the water. Our canine and one of the other canines that was here earlier this morning gave us the same indication in the same area that we were in yesterday."

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