UPDATE: Rescue mission now recovery effort for missing boy

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MOREHEAD, Ky. (WTVQ) – It is always a heartbreaking transition when a rescue mission becomes a recovery effort, which is what happened Tuesday in Morehead in the search for an 8-year old boy who was swept away by flood waters Sunday.

The outpouring from the community was on display again Tuesday when 350 volunteers showed up to help in the search for the boy along Triplett Creek, according to the mayor.

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The child’s mother was on the scene, thanking the volunteers who showed up to help.

Unfortunately, there was no sign of the boy as the search ended for the day.

The mayor says the search will resume Wednesday morning.



People interested in volunteering for the search are asked to call 606-776-0000.  The mayor says transportation will be provided.

The Emergency Operations Command Center will move to Morehead Fire Station 1 on Wednesday, according to the mayor.

According to Rowan County Board of Education Superintendent John Maxey, grief counselors were at the school the boy attended to help students and staff who returned to classes Tuesday morning.

He says counselors will be on hand for as long as possible to help them “try to deal with the news of a missing student and classmate.”

“Our hearts are broken in the wake of this tragic event,” Maxey said in a statement to WTVQ. “We have reached out to the family to let them know that we are here for them.”