Sheriff: Search crews recover body of missing fisherman

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - The Franklin County sheriff says the body of a missing fisherman has been recovered in Elkhorn Creek.

Sheriff Pat Melton said the body was recovered early Tuesday evening.

Search crews had been looking for the body of Buford Barron, III since Sunday night, after investigators say he fell into the creek while fishing.

On Tuesday, search crews started dragging Elkhorn Creek in Franklin County. Sheriff Pat Melton says they won't stop until they find Buford Barron, III.

"Everybody is working hard and above all, everybody is working hard for the victim and the family and that's what's important right now," says Sheriff Melton.

A search crew of 25 first responders from Franklin, Scott and surrounding counties continued the search Tuesday. They received help from helicopters, an underwater camera and kayakers. The hope is that they can get to some of the harder to reach spots in and along the Elkhorn creek.

"It's gotta be a really difficult for the first responders. Everybody knows that and we want to get him as quickly as we can."

Sheriff Melton says searchers will work until dark.

Heat and exhaustion have been a problem for crews. They've been rotating workers in and out to try and avoid problems.

Search crews returned to Elkhorn Creek to try and recover the body of a man who drowned.

Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton says Buford Barron, III, was fishing with a friend Sunday evening when he slipped and fell into the creek. Crews spotted Barron's body Monday, but the fast-moving, high water swept it away before they could reach it.

Sheriff Melton says a cadaver dog found a "spot of interest" Tuesday morning, about 150 yards down from where they were searching 24 hours ago.

The Scott County Sheriff's Office brought in their helicopter again Tuesday to help locate Barron's body. Firefighters also used kayaks and an inflatable boat during the search.

Sheriff Melton says he hopes crews will have better luck Tuesday afternoon.

"Nobody wants to bring him home more than we do. All the first responders that are here, the firefighters, emergency management, fish and wildlife everybody else. Everybody has really worked hard to try to make this happen. Unfortunately with the conditions that we're working in, it just hasn't cooperated," says Sheriff Pat Melton.

Sheriff Melton says he hopes to give Barron's family closure by the end of the day.


Search crews will return Tuesday morning to Elkhorn Creek, to try and recover the body of a man who drowned.

The Franklin County Sheriff says Buford Barron III was fishing with a friend over the weekend when he fell into the water.

Crews spotted Barron's body on Monday, but the fast moving, high water, swept it away before they could reach it.

The Sheriff says the water level has been dropping steadily and he's hopeful crews will have better luck on Tuesday.


Investigators in Franklin County have located the body of a man missing on Elkhorn Creek, but they can't get him out of the water.

Search parties headed out Monday morning hoping to recover the body of 28-year-old Buford Barron, III.

At one point, they spotted his body from a helicopter, but then those swift waters snatched it away. Emergency workers hope they can recover it by Monday evening to give his family some peace.

This all began Sunday night on the banks of the swollen Elkhorn Creek. Officials say Barron and another man had been fishing when he fell in.

Since then, officials from the Franklin County and Scott County Sheriff's Offices as well as the fire departments have been searching the water for Barron's body. Just after noon on Monday, they spotted him.

The Franklin County Sheriff's department says, "They were 20 feet from him. There was a limb there. The limb gave way and he went back under before we were able to get to him."

Monday evening, searchers will use boats with SONAR provided by the Scott County Fire Department to try to find Barron's body and give his family some comfort. That's exactly what Lydia Roberts hopes to give them as well.

Roberts lives next to the creek. She says, "I had the chance to talk to his mom and I told her that God's holding you close right now and protecting you. She's not even going to realize what's happened for a while and eventually it'll sink in, but I saw him having fun right before it happened, so if that gives her any peace, that's what I wanted to give her."

Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton said several agencies have been helping out. The Scott County Sheriff's Office brought a helicopter, Versailles Police sent a boat and so did the Scott County Fire Department.

Officials believe they know about where Barron's body is in the creek.

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