Crews: search for body in the Tug Fork River has ended

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

Emergency Management Director Doug Tackett confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that crews were searching for a woman who possibly drowned in the Tug Fork River near the Nolan Bridge. This is across the river from Mingo County, W. Va.

The Pike County Technical Rescue search crew officials said they were contacted by Kentucky State Police to help them in the search.

"We were paged out by state police post nine, that there was possibly a body in the river," said Captain Nee Jackson.

Jackson said they began the search near the Nolan Toll Bridge, but had to enter on the Mingo Co., W. Va. side because the water was shallow near the bridge.

Jackson said they got the call early this afternoon and searched for seven hours after KSP officials told them someone called and said they saw a female body in the river.

Officials said they were told the body was spotted near the Nolan Toll Bridge, but Jackson said their search came up empty.

"We searched in the river up and down the river in that area and we have not found anything so far," said Jackson.
"I think the state police are working on another lead right now."

Those who live in the area said they thought the news was unsettling.

"It just worries me where i have got two little girls of my own," said Alandra Wellman.
"Knowing that it happened straight across the river from my area, I just want my community to be safe, it might not happen every day, but when it does, it does send a shock through you."

Jackson said unless anything develops on the possible lead with state police, he did not expect the search would continue tomorrow. Anyone with information is asked to call Kentucky State Police Post 9 at 606-433-7711.

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