Update: Community holds vigil for child swept away in flood waters

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MOREHEAD, Ky. (WYMT/WKYT) - Updated Monday 10:00 p.m.

Courtesy: WSAZ

With the search for an eight-year-old boy swept away in flood waters suspended for a second night, the community gathered for a vigil.

Officials said the boy was playing in a creek behind the old middle school Sunday with a friend when he was swept away into a culvert. The second day of the search included about 60 first responders and volunteers searching Triplett Creek on foot, by boat and from the air.

"Some people have said recovery mission, I don't see it that way. I see it more we are just going to find this kid. Rescue, recovery, whatever. We want to help the family out," said Captain Kyle Callahan with the Morehead Police Department.

The search is expected to resume on Tuesday, but Monday night the community came together to pray. The people in attendance prayed for strength and answers for the boy's family.

"You know there's always hope, and so that's what we're here for, and community always comes together. They know what its like to lift up your neighbor, and whether you know the child or the family or not, you're a family here in Morehead and that's what we do. We're here to pick up each other," Jim Tom Trent, Morehead Mayor said.

"If it was my situation, I'd be devastated. Like I couldn't even think about that, you know? Like that's so sad," said Brittany Skeens who attended the vigil.

"I like to look at it as it's God's love being exhibited through his people, and just really showing that sense of community and the care that we have for one another," Wade Muncy, Pastor, Trinity Christian Fellowship said.

The Morehead Police Department is asking anyone who wants to help with the search Tuesday to show up at the courthouse at 8 a.m. to sign-in and get assignments. They also ask that you wear long pants, a long sleeve shirt and boots.

Updated Monday 6:30 p.m.

First responders and volunteers have spent more than 24 hours searching for an eight-year-old boy who was swept away by flood waters.

Earlier, crews told sister station WKYT they would continue the search at least until it was dark.

"This morning we started back over," said Captain Kyle Callahan of Morehead Police. "We've done a pretty good sweep of the branch that he was in, what you're seeing behind me."

The search for the boy expanded to Triplett Creek, which the branch empties into.

"Some people have said 'recovery mission', I don't see it that way. I see it more, we are just going to find this kid. Rescue, recovery, whatever. We want to help the family out," said Callahan.

"We were very devastated and very heartbroken, of course, we know that it depends on God. It's in God's hands," said Ruby Banks Daniels, a volunteer searcher.

Daniels said the missing boy attended her church's Vacation Bible School.

Crews will go back out Tuesday if they do not find the boy in the next few hours.

Family, friends and the community are gathering at the old middle school on Sun Street to hold a vigil in remembrance of the boy, hoping that he will be found.

Original Story, Sunday
Morehead Mayor Jim Tom Trent says rescue crews spent Sunday looking for an eight-year-old boy swept into a culvert near a creek.

Two boys were playing in a creek behind the old middle school football field when they got caught in flood waters.

Officials said, "We got a call that a 12-year-old and an eight-year-old was in a creek, the 12-year-old did get out, but no one has seen the eight-year-old since."

Trent said the search is suspended until Monday morning.

In a Facebook post, Trent reminded parents to keep an eye on their children during heavy rain.

Emergency responders are looking near Advance Auto Parts and Triplett Creek.

"You have to keep hope as long as you can because miracles happen every day and we have a whole community praying for one," said Trent.

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