Officials Call Off Search For Brandy Rowe

By: Jon Sonnheim Email
By: Jon Sonnheim Email

Officials are calling off the search for Brandy Rowe's body in Breathitt County after saying they have exhausted all their resources. Family members say finding her body is still important.

It was different techniques that led to the same results for search crews combing the Quicksand Creek area for Brandy Rowe's body Thursday, a search that has come up empty for more than a week now.

"We've tried everything. Cameras, state of the art, so there's nothing else that can be brought in that way," said Carter Conley with the Magoffin County Rescue Squad.

With the help of multiple agencies from around the region, crews utilized underwater cameras as well as boats to search the area, even putting themselves in danger.

"It is such a danger because of the front of that boat gets tipped into these boils, it will get sucked down," Carter said.

Search crews say the swift waters and undertow surrounding the location police believe Rowe's body was dumped will force them to give up their search for the time being, especially with poor weather conditions predicted for the weekend.

It's a search that's been especially difficult for family members of Rowe who have lined the ridge above the creek nearly every day. They say they need closure and a body to put away the three people charged in connection with Rowe's alleged murder.

Officials say that once the water recedes, they will look at continuing the search for Rowe's body and ask residents along the creek to watch for what washes up along the banks.

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