Police suspend search for boy swept into Morehead culvert

MOREHEAD, Ky. (WKYT) – Police have suspended the search Monday night for a boy who was swept into a culvert near a creek in Morehead.

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Crews sent out cadaver dogs on boats in the area Monday afternoon but did not locate the boy.

A vigil was held at the old middle school in Morehead at 6 p.m. this evening. Counselors spoke with family and friends who have been impacted.

“If it was my situation, I’d be devastated. Like I couldn’t even think about that, you know? Like that’s so sad,” said Brittany Skeens, who attended the vigil.

The heartache is felt by the entire community, and the vigil helped everyone join together.

“You know there’s always hope, and so that’s what we’re here for, and community always comes together,” said Jim Tom Trent, the mayor of Morehead. “They know what its like to lift up your neighbor, and whether you know the child or the family or not, you’re a family here in Morehead and that’s what we do. We’re here to pick up each other.”

Crews expanded their search to Triplett Creek Monday morning for the eight-year-old who was playing near a culvert with a group of children. Crews have searched the banks near where the boy was swept away without success since Sunday afternoon.

Waters have receded, but Triplett Creek is still flowing. Multiple emergency agencies in Rowan County are involved in the search along with state agencies. Police are trying to remain optimistic despite the increasing duration of the search.

“Some people have said recovery mission. I don’t see it that way. I see it more we are just going to find this kid. Rescue, recovery, whatever. We want to help the family out,” Morehead police captain Kyle Callahan said.

Morehead police say any volunteers who would like to help with the search are asked to wear long sleeve clothes with supportive boots and be at the county courthouse to sign in at 8 a.m. Tuesday.


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