An hours-long search for a missing 14-year-old male in Elkhorn Creek ended tragically Tuesday night when officials said the case had been turned over to the Franklin County Coroner's Office.
First responders were called to Still Waters Campground after the teen was last seen entering the water but failed to resurface around 5:30 p.m.
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Franklin County Fire and EMS, Frankfort Fire and EMS and Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife responded to the call of a possible drowning near a boat ramp at the campground on Strohmeier Road in the northern part of the county.
“We are doing our due diligence and checking the banks to rule out any possibility that he got out of the water,” said Tommy Russell, Frankfort-Franklin County Emergency Management director.
At 9:30 p.m., Russell said the investigation had been turned over to the Franklin County Coroner's Office and a statement regarding the recovery of the body is expected Wednesday morning.
Franklin County Coroner Will Harrod did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Firefighters in rescue boats searched with long poles near the boat ramp where the teen was last spotted. According to a visitor who frequents the campground, was at the scene and asked not to be identified, the patch of mud where the ramp enters the creek is slick and people had been slipping in it all day. A few yards beyond the ramp entry, the water depth reaches 15-16 feet.
“Nothing has led us away from the water,” Russell told The State Journal nearly two hours into the rescue effort.
A dive team from Campbellsville was called in to assist in the recovery effort.