UPDATE: Missing Knox County man found dead in high water

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Ronnie Bryant (Photo courtesy: Times-Tribune)

WHITLEY COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Authorities say a Knox County man missing last week has been found dead in his submerged vehicle in Whitley County.

The Whitley County Coroner’s Office says 74-year-old Ronnie Bryant was found after his vehicle was spotted around 6:15 p.m. on Monday. The coroner says the water started to recede on Highway 779, making the vehicle visible and allowing divers to go in and retrieve Bryant’s body.

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Kentucky State Police reported Bryant missing on February 6 after he was last seen driving to his job at 8:45 p.m. Troopers say he worked as a night security guard at a mining site in Whitley County, but never showed up for work that night.