Blount County authorities searching for missing teen in Highland Lake
By Ben Culpepper
Update 3 p.m. The teenager who went missing in Highland Lake was in a boat with two other people when he fell into the water and never resurfaced, authorities told ABC 33/40 reporter Haley Westbrook.The boy, who is a 15-year-old from Ragland, was helping a company inspect damaged boat docks on the lake following this week's strong storms and tornadoes. It is unknown at this time why he wasn't in school today. Several local agencies are assisting in the search efforts.Watch ABC 33/40 News at 5 and 6 p.m. for the latest on this story. To watch live online, click here.Initial Report:BLOUNT COUNTY, Ala. -- Authorities are currently searching for a teenager who fell into Highland Lake, ABC 33/40 has learned.According to the Blount County Sheriff's Office, a boy fell into a body of water near Highland Lake Town Hall Thursday morning and didn't resurface, prompting an active search by multiple agencies. It is unknown at this time how the boy fell into the water.ABC 33/40 will continue to follow this developing story and provide updates as more information is made available.
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