A woman who disappeared while kayaking on the Mississippi Rive near Portage des Sioux Thursday night is safe.
The Missouri Highway Patrol reports that the woman had launched into the river near the My River Home marina in northern St. Charles County around 7 p.m.. She had been gone more than two hours when friends and family became concerned and called for help.
Rescue boats were launched around 10 p.m.
A Missouri Water Patrol team found the woman about 11 p.m. She was shouting for help from an island after being dumped into the river when her kayak flipped.
Many parents in the Francis Howell School District say they're concerned about the impact of students from the unaccredited Normandy District transferring to their schools. Several sounded off at a town hall meeting Thursday night at Howell Central High School in Cottleville.
Some expresses concerns about resources being channeled to transferring students who are academically behind. Other's were concerned that about violence that may come to Francis Howell from Normandy, a district that has struggled with violence in its schools.
Francis Howell superintendent Dr. Pam Sloan spoke openly about her opposition to the transfers, saying that busing kids to a new district isn't the way to fix a failing one.
But not everyone in the district is so concerned. Francis Howell senior class president Eric Lee cautioned the crowd not to make assumptions about the students transferring in from Normandy. Lee said it's not right to assume the kids who choose to transfer are going to cause problems.
District officials won't know until August 2nd how many Normandy students plan to transfer.
St. Louis County Police are hoping someone can lead them to a teenager who fled naked from Christian Hospital Thursday evening. Police have issued an Endangered Persons Advisory for 16-year-old Vernon J. Echols.
Police say the teen was taken to the hospital at Dunn Road and Highway-367 after attempting suicide. But he escaped. He was last seen heading north.
Echols is described as black, with a medium complexion, black hair and brown eyes. He's five-seven and 133-pounds. Police say he wasn't wearing any clothes when he took off.
Anyone with information is urged to call 9-1-1.