Prayer vigil for missing teen as crews suspend search

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FLEMINGSBURG, Ky. (WKYT) - Emergency crews have called off the search for 15-year-old Ricky Hamilton, Jr. for the evening. It's been more than 24 hours since he disappeared while hunting with this father. Today there were several search crews looking for him and hoping for the best.

This evening, Fleming County High School principal Mark Leet said two to three hundred people gathered on the football field to pray for Ricky Hamilton.

"The field was packed and they all went down on one knee. Didn't matter if it was damp, didn't matter if they got their jeans dirty, they went down on their knee and said a prayer for Ricky," said Leet.

Hamilton's been missing since about 5:30 yesterday afternoon after police say he and his father split up while deer hunting. Leet said hunting was something Hamilton talked about often.

"He would come in and tell stories about rabbit hunting on his farm and areas around his home. He was an avid hunter. He did know the woods. I feel confident that he wouldn't have gotten lost," said Leet.

Earlier today, emergency officials, as well as Hamilton's family and friends were out searching for him. Some of his teammates on the football team joined the effort.

"When you're around kids as much as we are as a coach, you kind of feel like they're your child also. To know that he's somewhere and may be lost or whatever, it really puts a lot of burden on your heart to feel that one of your kids is in that situation," said Fleming County High School coach Bill Spencer.

Search crews plan to head back out at 8:00 tomorrow morning.

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