Work continues to both drain the pond and excavate what was underneath the water in hopes of finding the young Laurel County woman’s remains.
Police are now digging through the mud and coal waste in searching for the body and evidence. The death investigation brought police to this pond and cadaver dogs even hit on it at 2 different locations. Police say they hope to drain nearly all the water out of the pond but they say the conditions are making it difficult.
“Some of the rescue guys, as they place the hoses in there (the pond), they often get stuck themselves..the conditions are not favorable for underwater cameras, divers,” said Kentucky State Police Sgt. Tom Atkin.
Collins was last seen in 2004..not far from the pond. Her mother says she thinks her daughter was murdered, but police are not saying how she died.