Members of the Indiana State Police Dive Team found the body of 43-year-old James Hellums Tuesday afternoon. The team was assisting the Shelby County Sheriff Department in the search for Hellums, who was reported missing on January 4.
Hellums, of Shelbyville, was last seen attempting to get into a canoe on the Flat Rock River in Geneva, when he and the boat were swept downstream. ISP divers located Hellums’ body in the Flat Rock River, near Geneva, at 12:45 p.m. The canoe was found two weeks ago in a log jam on the river about 20 miles from where Hellums was last seen.
Shelby County Sheriff Dennis Parks says the search for Hellums was a collaborative effort. Along with personnel in his own department, Sheriff Parks thanked the county’s Fast Water Rescue Team, Shelbyville Fire Department, Waldron Fire Department, Indiana State Police, Shelbyville Police Department, Indiana Department of Natural Resources and area residents.