Body of missing 26-year-old woman recovered from Cherokee County river

WOODSTOCK, Ga. — Rescue crews have found the body of a 26-year-old woman who walked into the Little River at Olde Rope Mill Park in Woodstock on Tuesday night.

Officials said Ciara Rose Baughn was found dead around 11:20 a.m. Tuesday after a multi-agency search.

Police said that around 11:30 p.m. on Monday, an officer with the Woodstock Police Department noticed a vehicle in Olde Rope Mill Park. He checked out the car, which was locked, and found no one in the park.

Some time later, the owner of the vehicle contacted her mother requesting that dry clothes be brought to the park. When Baughn’s mother got to the park, she called 911.

“When her mother arrived on the scene and was unable to get the lady to come out of the water, she called 911 and fire department responded and began asking the lady come out with floatation devices and ropes,” Woodstock fire’s Stacy Brown said.


Rescue crews found Baughn in the water. They encouraged her to leave and provided ropes and floatation devices, but she refused their help. Why she wouldn’t grab on to the ropes and flotation devices is part of an on-going investigation.

She continued down the river toward Lake Allatoona. At the I-575 overpass, firefighters got into the water to try to rescue her, but they lost sight of her.

“Over 65 first responders aided in this operation,” said Woodstock Fire Chief Dave Soumas. “The agencies on the scene worked seamlessly to execute the search and rescue. Unfortunately, the results were not what we hoped. Our hearts go out to the victim’s family.”

Firefighters said the victim’s father showed up to the scene.

The family is asking for privacy.

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