Mystery at Little River Canyon; Yvonne Wood Covington remains missing

It’s been more than 8 months, and despite aerial and ground searches by various law enforcement entities, North Alabama Search Dog Association, the Southeastern Search Dogs K-9 Search & Rescue, and Fischer Rescue Squad – a non-profit entity out of Fort Payne, AL. – no trace of Yvonne Wood Covington has been uncovered.

As of the publishing date, a Facebook Group could not be found begging any variant of the question, “Where is Yvonne Wood Covington?”

Here’s what we know:

The Covingtons live in Centre, AL.

Yvonne Covington worked at The Children’s Place in Fort Payne.

Covington was visiting her son in Fort Payne and left his home on Saturday, December 26, 2020.

The son’s vehicle, which she was driving, was found that same night by the National Park Service, on the Cherokee County side of the bridge on Alabama Highway 35, at the Little River Falls parking lot.

Quazzi Covington said she wanted to go stay with her son at his home in Fort Payne for a while.

Quazzi Covington said there had been concerns that his wife might harm herself, and she was hospitalized for five days at Gadsden Regional Medical Center, prior to going missing.

Quazzi Covington said she asked her son on Dec. 26 to borrow his car, and left his home.

The son later called Quazzi Covington and asked if he’d seen her, because she hadn’t returned.

Authorities and family members have contacted a Texas search group about joining in the effort to find her.

The search must continue for those who may be experiencing suicidal ideation; if you – or someone you know – are experiencing thoughts of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

As no new leads or information has been posted on this case in the public domain in more than 6 months, Missing NPF will list this case in our Cold Case files and continue to monitor public reporting for developments.

Anyone with information about Yvonne Covington’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Fort Payne Police Department at 256-845-1414.


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    Joss Leal

    Joss Leal

    Joss Leal is an outdoor enthusiast, Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate student with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Business. Joss founded Missing NPF in October 2020, and maintains the Missing NPF database alongside a team of 3 dedicated ‘seekers’.

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