TILTON, KY. (WKYT) - Saturday night after eight p.m. Kentucky State Police was contacted to assist in the search and rescue for a missing deer hunter in the Tilton area of Fleming County.
Police identified the missing juvenile as 15-year-old, Ricky Hamilton, Jr. He is described as a white male, 5'8", weighing 150 pounds, with blue eyes and brown hair, no facial hair, with a medium build, and wearing a camouflage jacket and pants and an orange toboggan.
Hamilton was last seen in the Tilton area around 5:30 Saturday afternoon when he and his dad split up while deer hunting. Police say no one has had contact with him since.
"It's not like him to go missing like that. I mean he knows this land better than any of us," said Kyle Hamilton, the missing teen's cousin.
As for what could have happened to Hamilton, search crews say the possibilities are endless.
"Anything could happen when you're hunting. He could have accidentally shot himself or he could have fell and hurt himself. We are hoping for a good outcome," said Dwayne Price, the emergency management director in Fleming County.
A group search continued today with the assistance of KSP Post 8 along with the Tilton Fire Department, Fleming County Fire Department, Rowan County Search and Rescue and Buffalo Trace Search and Rescue.
Hamilton's family did not just get help from the actual search and rescue crews.
Students, teachers, friends, and coaches from Fleming County High School are volunteering extra hands in the search.
"We hope that we can find him and bring him home safe to his parents because I know they're pretty worried right now," said Junior Marshall, the missing teen's football coach.
The incident remains under investigation by Trooper Adam Hall. The Fleming County Sheriff's Department is also assisting in the investigation.