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UPDATE: Body of Missing Mom Found

WAYNESVILLE, Mo. -- The body of missing Waynesville mom Jessica Lee has been found, according to the Pulaski County Ambulance District.
Updated 9 p.m.

WAYNESVILLE, Mo. -- Firefighters found the body of Jessica Lee, 23, the mother crews have been searching to find since Tuesday.

Sheriff Long says Lee's body was discovered on the Roubidoux River in downtown Waynesville, yards from the Roubidoux River Bridge.

Jessica Lee was swept away with her son, Elyhah, in a car during a flood earlier this week.  

The sheriff scheduled a press conference for Saturday morning.
UPDATE:

WAYNESVILLE, Mo. -- The body of the missing mother from Waynesville has been found, according to the Pulaski County Ambulance District.

Her body was found near the Roubidoux Bridge.

Jessica Lee was swept away with her son, Elyhah, in a car during a flood earlier this week.  

The Pulaski County Sheriff declined to comment on further details.

More information to follow pending a press release and conference.

Earlier Coverage:

08/08
WAYNESVILLE, Mo. -- The identity of a young boy and his mother, missing and feared drowned in Waynesville, have been released by law officers.

Pulaski County Sheriff Ron Long, during a briefing at 11:00 Thursday morning, said Elyjah M. Lee, 4, is the boy who died Tuesday when flood waters swept away the car he was riding in.  It happened near Highways 17 and T.

The boy's mother, Jessica D. Lee, 23, is missing and presumed drowned.  Sgt. Dan Crain of the Missouri Highway Patrol says efforts resumed late Thursday morning to recover her body, but she had not been located as of 12:30 pm.

Lee was able to call a relative (when then called 911) before the car was swept away from flood waters of Roubidoux and Mitchell creeks. The car was located late Tuesday, but her body was not inside.

"We've been looking since the moment we received the phone call," says Sheriff Ron Long (full interview above). "We've tried numerous different ways. We've been looking from air, on the ground, and yesterday we had 55-60 individuals -- law enforcement and civilians -- on foot, looking for her."

Waynesville received another heavy rainfall Thursday morning, which delayed the recovery efforts for a few hours.

"Yesterday (Wednesday) was the first time the water had subsided to a point where we could go along these creeks and look in areas that were covered by water. Unfortunately we had 3-4 more inches of rain this morning, the creeks are rising. The rivers are going to rise, which will set us back maybe a day or two."
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