UPDATE: Searchers find body of man who fell in Kentucky River

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton says the search for a man believed to have fallen into the Kentucky River has concluded, after the body of William Rawlings was found Wednesday afternoon, just before 12:00 p.m.

The Sheriff says Rawlings’ body was found near the riverbank, about one-and-a-half to two miles down river from the area they believed he fell in the lake.

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A death investigation has been opened in the case, and an autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.

The Sheriff says, right now, everything indicates that this was an accidental death, but won’t rule anything out until the autopsy has been completed.

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4/17/2017

River search near Buffalo Trace Distillery continues

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Crews are continuing to search for a man believed to have fallen into the Kentucky River in Franklin County.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports (http://bit.ly/2pHuI28) 26-year-old William Rawlings has been missing since early Friday. Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton says an approaching thunderstorm ended Sunday’s search at 3:30 p.m.

Rawlings is an employee of United American Securities Co., which guards the nearby Buffalo Trace Distillery at night. Melton says Rawlings has been known to fish from that area of the riverbank when off-duty. Family members found his flashlight and vehicle near the area.

Melton says the search has been complicated by recent rain that has raised the water level and the potential for more storms. Search crews have used dogs trained to find lost people and sonar equipment.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

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4/15/17 6:45 p.m.

Franklin county missing man now a recovery case

by KELSI THORUD

The Franklin County sheriff’s office is classifying what was a missing persons case to a recovery case.

This is day two of the search for a missing 26-year-old who works as a night security guard at Buffalo Trace Distillery.

The sheriff is now identifying that man as Will Rawlings.

Fire crews, police, and emergency managament from Fayette and Franklin counties have been searching for Rawlings.

According to the sheriff, he was off shift when he told family he was going night fishing Thursday.

When relatives went to look for him Friday morning they couldn’t find him.

“Everything points us right back to here, everything. As part as detectives has been on it, deputies, family, everything leads us right back to this point off of Lewis Ferry Road,” said Sheriff Pat Melton.

Yesterday,the sheriff says investigators found Rawlings’ car and a flashlight floating in the river near where he could have slipped in.