CVFD helps search for missing woman, to no avail

Published 4:12 pm Tuesday, February 26, 2019


BIRMINGHAM – Cahaba Valley Fire and EMR District was among the agencies that assisted with a search for a missing woman around the area of Grants Mill Road and Interstate 459.

The search began on Sunday, Feb. 24, and was called off at about 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25.

The missing woman, Cara Yeager, has not been found.

The search has been turned over to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

Yeager’s vehicle was found at a Cahaba River canoe launch site, but officials said they never found evidence that she entered the river.

Yeager was last seen the afternoon of Feb. 24 in the area of Grants Mill Road and was reported missing by concerned family members.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts should call 325-1450.

“This call brought together agencies from multiple jurisdiction and counties,” read a post on the CVFD Facebook page. “The professionals from Irondale Fire Department, Birmingham Fire & Rescue, Vestavia Fire Department, Leeds Fire Department, Cahaba Valley Fire Department, Irondale Police Department, Birmingham Police Department, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, and The Red Mountain Search Dog Association came together to search an area with difficult terrain, including the Cabaha River, for this missing individual. We would like to thank all these agencies for their effective and efficient work which allowed our combined team to make three complete searches of the area. The special assets of the Vestavia Fire Department and Leeds Fire Department Water Rescue Teams and the Jefferson County Air Unit allowed for very thorough searches in areas which would have been significantly more difficult without their participation.

“While our search did not find the missing woman, we hope that the follow-up investigative work of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department will bring positive closure to this event.

“On behalf of all the departments and organizations involved, we would like to extend our sincere thanks to The Church of the Highlands, Grants Mill Campus, for opening their doors to us and providing facilities to support our search operations. They went far and above what we could have asked for. A special thanks go out to the ladies of the Central Events Team who fed and took care of us for the day. As first responders we are happy to get the simple offerings. Your team has spoiled us with your hospitality. We cannot thank you enough!”