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Lee County Emergency Management officials looking for missing man

Published: Dec. 27, 2020 at 7:06 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 23, 2021 at 8:00 PM EST
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Updated 1/23/2021 5:44 p.m.

LEE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - It has been nearly one month since Lee County native Shawn Little disappeared.

“The more time passes, the harder it gets,” Kayla McHargue said. “I just got my faith in the rescue team that they’re doing everything they know to do to try to locate him.”

As rescue crews continue to search the banks and depths of the Kentucky River for Little, those who knew him best are trying to piece together the puzzle.

“He would have been prepared for that,” Miranda Little said. He spent most of his youth and adult life in those woods.”

McHargue, who is Little’s daughter, said Little loves the outdoors.

“They would jokingly call him MacGyver all the time because they always said that if they ever got stuck in the woods, they’d want to be with him,” McHargue said.

Little’s ex-wife Miranda agrees but said that this time, they are concerned.

“He would have been dressed for it and from what I understand, he was not dressed to be outside for any length of time,” Miranda said.

McHargue said she has just one message for her dad.

“Your children, and your family, and your grandchildren all really miss you and love you, and we would love to see you again,” McHargue said.

Diving crews were unable to locate Little as of Saturday. Those with information regarding his whereabouts are encouraged to contact Lee County Emergency Management.

Updated 12/28/2020 6:18 p.m.

When Shawn Little went missing from his home in Beattyville in Saturday, rescue crews in the area immediately responded.

“Ground teams were able to follow his tracks through the snow to an area on the shore of the river,” Lee County Emergency Management Director Jon Allen said. “It appears that he may have entered the river at that point from a log.”

Little was reported missing in the early morning hours on Saturday along the banks of the Kentucky River, which officials say is not an unusual area to search.

“We have had extensive water searches, it’s just the longer you go the more difficult it gets,” Lee County Search and Rescue Captain Tyler Phillips said. “With water, your evidence is you know, gone, here one second and gone the next because it’s flowing with the water.”

Phillips said that despite going on day two of their search on the water, they will not cease their efforts until Little is found.

“We’ve have been on the water since nine this morning,” Phillips said. “Yesterday we started at nine and went until dark and that’s the plan for today unless we find something between now and then.”

For Allen, the thought of finding Little safe and alive crosses his mind daily.

“The greatest thing in the world would be Mr. Little to call us up on the phone and ask us what we were doing,” Allen said. “So we would encourage anybody that they have talked with him or seen him to call us and let us know.”

Updated 12/28/2020

The search for a missing Lee County man is resuming Monday morning.

In a Facebook post, a first responder with Lee County Search & Rescue said a number of locals with backgrounds in wilderness tracking, rope rescue, and water search and rescue joined in the search for Shawn Little.

Search and Rescue officials are also being assisted by Laurel County Search and Rescue and the Kentucky Search Dog Association.

They say they identified an area of interest to begin their search.

Original Story 12/27/2020

On Sunday, officials with Lee County Emergency Management posted on Facebook they are looking for a missing man.

Officials said Shawn Little walked away from his home on Short Hollow Subdivision Road early Saturday morning.

Search crews spent the day looking in the Kentucky River Area for Little. Crews are focusing on an area of the banks of the river.

Anyone with information is asked to call Lee County 911 at 606-464-5030.

Crews will begin searching again on Monday.

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