Search for missing teen enters third day

FLEMING COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Search crews are back out, combing the woods for a third day, hoping to find any sign of 15-year old Ricky Hamilton, Jr.

"Hopefully, hopefully, we find the young man today," said Fleming County Emergency Manager Dwayne Price.

Hamilton has been missing since about 5:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Police say he and his father split up while deer hunting.

"He's in camouflage. Unless you're pretty close to him, you're not going to find this young man. So, we're just going to keep checking the sink holes and the quarries again and hope to find him," said Price.

Search crews have spent more than 36 hours combing the woods for any traces of Hamilton. Monday search efforts picked back up at 8:00 a.m. with more volunteers joining in from neighboring counties.

To aid in the search, officials have brought in dogs to go back over where they've already searched. They are also using cadaver dogs, horses and ATVs to search. Saturday night, a Kentucky State Police helicopter used infrared sensors to search the area. Sunday prompted more air searches.

Officials say their main concern is that Hamilton could have fallen into or gotten injured at one of the sink holes in the area.

As of Monday, officials are still calling the search a rescue mission and say they have no reason to believe it should change at this point.

Nearly 400 students, staff and community members attended a vigil at Fleming County High School on Sunday night to pray for the missing sophomore. On Monday morning, counselors were on hand to help students dealing with the disappearance of their classmate.

Search crews plan to continue searching for Hamilton until dark. They say they'll search as many days as necessary until they find something.

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