Crews still searching for 8-year-old boy swept away in Morehead flood waters


UPDATE: (9/11/18 9:00 A.M.)

MOREHEAD, Ky. (WTVQ) – Rescue crews resumed their search Tuesday morning for the 8-year-old missing boy.

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Officials say they will continue searching for him until he is found.

The mayor of Morehead is asking for the community to keep students, teachers, counselors, bus drivers, coaches and other school staff in their thoughts and prayers  as they are coping with their missing classmate.

A prayer vigil was held on Monday night for the young boy.

“To watch another mom go through this is unbelievable,” said Martina Wagoner, a friend of the child’s mother.

Wagoner isn’t alone, as complete strangers attended the vigil.

“It’s really sad and my heart is just so heavy,” said Morehead resident Brittany Skeens.

More on the vigil click here.

UPDATE: (09/10/18 5:45 P.M.)

MOREHEAD, Ky. (WTVQ)- Rescue crews are still searching for the 8-year-old boy who was swept away by flood waters Sunday afternoon.

Police say that boy and his 12-year-old brothers were outside around 3:30 p.m. Sunday. They say the 12-year-old say the 8-year-old fall in the storm drain and get washed down stream. He ran along the bank, chasing after him for 15 to 30 seconds before losing sight of the 8-year-old.

According to search and rescue, the storm drain runs into Triplett Creek.

Team members have been in rafts searching the water and the areas around it. Search and rescue is also using a helicopter and drones donated by the community.

Police are still calling this a rescue mission, not a recovery.

MOREHEAD, Ky (WTVQ) – Rescue crews are looking for an 8-year-old boy who got swept away in flood waters Sunday afternoon in Morehead.

Morehead Police Captian Kyle Callahan says a 12-year-old and 8-year-old were playing in water when they were swept down Tripplett Creek.

The 12-year-old got out, but the 8-year-old hasn’t been seen since.

Police say they will continue searching for the little boy through the night until they find him or until it becomes too dangerous for crews.

The search is taking place near the Advance Auto Parts on U.S. 60.

The city is asking people to stay home since other roads are flooded and resources are thin.

Rowan County Schools will be closed Monday and Morehead State University will operate on Plan B (2 hour delay). Offices will open and classes will begin at 10 a.m.