UPDATE: (11/20/18, 4:09 p.m.)
Harrison County Search and Rescue says the search has been called off for Kelly Hudgins.
Crews searched the Licking River for a third day but did not find him.
Harrison County Search and Rescue Chief Re’Jeana Craft says they will pick up the search again if they get any new leads.
CYNTHIANA, Ky. (WTVQ) – Search and rescue crews from several counties spent Monday searching the Licking River for a missing Cynthiana man.
Police say Kelly Hudgins, 39, was reported missing last Tuesday, but there was no lead as to where he may be. On Sunday, search crews say someone came forward, saying they last saw Hudgins walking on Waterworks Pike, near Terry Dam.
Crews started searching for him along the Licking River. Monday is the second day crews have been on the water, still coming up empty-handed.
Monday, Harrison County Search and Rescue put two cadaver dogs on the river’s banks. Those dogs picked up some kind of human scent in an area of the river’s south fork.
Crews searched the area by hand, and with boats that have sonar systems, finding nothing so far.
Still, search crews say the dogs wouldn’t have hit on something if nothing’s there, but there’s no guarantee it’s Hudgins they’re sniffing out.
“There’s a great chance he’s not even in the water,” said Harrison County Search and Rescue Chief Re’Jeana Craft. “This could be totally unrelated to our particular search. We’re just trying to clear this to see what is in the water because we do know there is something in there.”
Kelly Hudgins’ father, Mike Hudgins, says his son always calls if he won’t be home, so having not heard from him for nearly a week has him concerned for his son’s life.
Search and rescue is asking the community to keep its eyes open, hoping Hudgins is still somewhere, alive.
Crews stopped searching Monday around 4, just before dusk, for their safety. They plan to be back out on the water Tuesday morning.