Taylor and her husband, Benny M. Taylor, 54, were reported to be camping at Leesburg Landing. The couple’s vehicle, a 1995 Dodge Dakota pick-up truck, was found submerged in approximately 16 feet of water at the Landing around 200 _ 300 feet from the campground, on Sunday.
Initial search efforts that day, however, failed to turn up a body.
At 2:25 this afternoon, Tuesday, Oct. 26, the body was recovered approximately 1,000 feet from where the search began, washed up on the bank.
Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver previously reported that Ashley Taylor was last seen in a dark blue 1995 Dodge Dakota pickup truck with a white camper shell at Leesburg Landing, where she has been camping with her husband, Benny M. Taylor, 54, who was arrested Friday, Oct. 22, for public intoxication and that he was cooperating with authorities. On Oct. 23, Ashley Taylor’s mother filed a missing person’s report and on Oct. 24, Taylor’s vehicle was discovered submerged in about 16 feet of water at the landing. The Alabama Bureau of Investigation, Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences and the Cherokee County Rescue Squad were called in to assist.
Leesburg Police Chief Lanny Ransum reported Tuesday morning that a Cadaver Search Dog was on its way along with several other dive teams who were on stand by and ready if needed.
Chief Ransum also stated that on behalf of the family he wished to thank Transportation Harold Pearson and the Cherokee County Board of Education for providing a bus for family members to seek shelter in during the inclement weather.
Other agencies assisting in the investigation at this time include Alabama Bureau of Investigation, Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences – the Etowah County Sheriff’s Department, Alabama State Troopers, and Alabama Marine Police – the Leesburg Police Department is in charge of the investigation.
More information will be released as it becomes available.