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Crews Continue To Search Quicksand Creek For Missing Woman

By: Julie Maloney Email
By: Julie Maloney Email

Search crews braved the snow and cold Tuesday afternoon, but they still haven't found the body of 28 year old Brandi Rowe. Police say Rowe was murdered last month in Magoffin County and for the past week, rescue crews have been searching for her body in the Quicksand Creek area of Breathitt County.

Over the weekend, rescue teams narrowed the search for Brandi Rowe to a bridge in Quicksand Creek. Since Saturday, crews have combed through the creek with the help of cadaver dogs and an excavator, but Tuesday it was a team from Northeastern Kentucky who volunteered equipment which may finally help find Brandi Rowe.

It is day number five searching through Quicksand Creek for Brandi Rowe's body.

"It's cold. The water level right now is dropping," said Carter Conley with the Magoffin County Search and Rescue.

Rescue teams have hunted this area by boat, by foot and with the help of cadaver dogs. Tuesday, the Breathitt County Sheriff's office got a call from other volunteers who wanted to help. A group from a fire department in Morehead heard about the search for Rowe's body.

"He was willing to get a couple of guys together and come up this way," Conley said.

And bring this underwater camera, which they believe could be key in finding Rowe's body.

"It has a claw on it that can clench, retrieve anything up to 600 pounds they're saying," Conley said.

But snow and a rough current is making this search difficult.

"The camera's not really made to work in swift water and rough terrain, but they're trying their best to get something out of it right now," Conley said.

Crews are hoping the weather cooperates so they can return soon.

Meanwhile, the three people arrested in connection with Rowe's murder are expected to be back in court Wednesday. There could be testimony which may shed new light on why Bandy Rowe was allegedly murdered.

Crews didn't find any signs of Rowe's body Tuesday and the group from Morehead is hoping the weather cooperates through the week. They plan to come back on Friday and say if the water level in the creek is down, it will make this search much easier.


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