Tube found, woman remains missing after being separated from group on New River

She was last seen at 3:30 p.m. near the state line.

By Jeff Williamson - Digital Content Manager

GRAYSON COUNTY, Va. - UPDATE

Authorities have released a photo of the woman who they say went missing on the New River. 

The Grayson County Sheriff's Office is still searching for Joanne Hatcher, 57, from Sparta, North Carolina. She was last seen around 3:45 p.m. Wednesday on the New River near the Virginia, North Carolina state line. 

Deputies say her tube was found about one mile downriver from where she was last seen. Hatcher reportedly cannot swim.   


UPDATE

Authorities have found the tube belonging to a woman who was separated from her group on the New River Wednesday, according to the Grayson County Sheriff's Office.  

Deputies say the search for the missing woman will continue Thursday morning. 


ORIGINAL STORY

People in Grayson County are being asked to keep an eye out for a woman who cannot swim that was separated from her group while tubing Wednesday.

The Grayson County Sheriff's Office says that those between the New River Camp Ground near the state line and the Veterans Bridge at Pleasant Grove Road and 58 should be on the lookout for a 57-year-old woman floating on a blue and white tube.

Authorities say she is wearing a pink top and blue bottoms and was last seen at 3:30 p.m. near the state line.

She missed her get out point and was separated from her group.

Her group also lost cellphone contact with her.

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