Search called off until Saturday for 26-year-old missing Troy woman; Decatur man jailed for BUI in boating incident


SMITH LAKE/CRANE HILL, Ala. – Marine Patrol Troopers, multiple law enforcement agencies, and search and rescue agencies will resume their search for a missing Troy woman in the Rock Creek area of Smith Lake Saturday morning.

In a press release, Sgt. Chad Pate, MPT, stated Kelsey Nicole Starling, 26-year-old of Troy, was a passenger in a 2012 Mastercraft wakeboard boat involved in a two-vessel crash at approximately 10 p.m. Thursday night.

“The operator of the Mastercraft, 23-year-old William Jackson Fite of Decatur, was booked into the Winston County jail early Friday on a charge of Boating Under the Influence. Four other passengers on the Mastercraft were transported for medical attention by emergency responders,” Sgt. Chad Pate said.

According to the press release, one person was injured on the second vessel, a 2011 Harris Flotebote pontoon boat, operated by 50-year-old Jodi Wallace Suggs of Decatur.

The crash remains under investigation by ALEA Troopers.

Crane Hill VFD, Logan VFD, Dodge City VFD, Helicon VFD, Smith Lake Task Force, Regional Paramedics Service, Cullman Co. Sherriff’s Office, Winston County EMA and Cullman County EMA were among the agencies assisting with the search.