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Family says Courtney Hayes body not found

By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -   More confusion and uncertainty continue in the search for Courtney Hayes. Family and friends say the body of the college student has not been identified in Haiti.

Hayes was on a mission trip with several others when a devastating earthquake struck. WALB News Ten's Tayleigh Davis spoke to her uncle and good friend tonight who say they only want closure in this search.

Courtney Hayes' uncle Dewey Hayes says rescue crews told her parents, Franklin and Angie Hayes  they found several bodies from the Lynn University group that stayed in the Hotel Montana. Crews told her parents one of them may be their daughter.

When they made their very first visit to the Hotel Montana Sunday morning, no one was able to confirm that one of those bodies was indeed Courtney.

"I just don't know," Dewey Hayes said. "All I know is she was found and then I was called just a minute ago that she hasn't been found."

Word leaked out on Twitter and Facebook prematurely that she had been found. Several posts say prayers will be with the family as they seek closure.

Austin Hutto, a close friend of the family lit up candles and tried to organize a list minute vigil for Ms. Hayes in front of her dad's law office in Downtown Douglas.

"We've heard two different stories and if we can really get clarification from someone it would be nice," Hutto said. "I'm just hoping if she can come home to us that would be great."

Because of the strong wind and rains that pounded South Georgia Sunday, Hutto had to cancel. He says the day has been emotionally draining -another false hope that the Hayes would find an answer.

"All we know is we hope she will return home safe and alive," Dewey Hayes said.

Courtney's friends, family, and the whole town of Douglas pray that some how some way she will come out alive. Courtney's friends plan to host an event called "Candles for Courtney" Monday at 8:00 p.m. in front of the Franklin Law Office in Downtown Douglas. The public is welcome.

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