Another day in the gorge, another 80 or so searchers hit the trails, and again it's another day with no answers to the question: Where is 66-year-old Gerald Keith Bush?
"It's just getting difficult on us now," answered Wayne Bush, the missing man's son.
"It's kind of mind boggling not being able to find any clue," added Wolfe County Search and Rescue Coordinator Eddie Conner.
Bush, who suffers from Alzheimer's and dementia, was last seen Monday evening in the Red River Gorge in Wolfe County. Since that team, rescuers have exhausted a lot of efforts, and each time they've been met with a greater challenge.
"The helicopter turned up nothing. The foliage on the trees didn't work in our favor," said Conner, "The dogs went cold on any trail. They actually found where the subject was sitting and where he walked across the parking lot and that was it. It's just like he disappeared."
Now, time is no longer on the side of the search and rescue teams.
"Time is actually ticking against us. The 48-hour mark has come and past and we're working on that 72-hours, and that's the crucial (mark)," explained Conner, "that's when it goes from a search to a recovery and the chances of survival are slim."
So the switch has started and more extreme measures are being used.
"We do a lot of cliff rescues and carry outs," explained John May of the Wolfe County Search and Rescue team, and that's what his crew was doing today.
Rescuers from all over the state harnessed up and went over the cliff scaling down the walls some 100- to 200-feet.
"Our particular team is going to start focusing more on the cliff line areas, and we're going to start doing that from the last point that he was seen," described May.
Rescue crews say as they head over each cliff they face a grim reality, because if Bush is found where they are looking it will be less likely about a rescue and more likely a recovery.
"If this individual is at the bottom of the cliff, then he's obviously deceased, at that point. So, it will be a recovery not a rescue," said May.
Even after all of the troubles and failed attempts to find a clue, these rescuers won't give up, as May said, "That's what we do. We've never not found anyone."
At this point, Conner estimates he had more than 80 searchers on hand today, and they covered more than 300 acres, which puts their total over 600 acres covered. The crews suspended their search efforts at 10 p.m. and will resume all efforts at 8 a.m.
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