Update on search for missing man in Leslie County

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

Noon Update:

Police say Tim Blevins' body has been found approximately a half of a mile below the dam.

The Leslie County coroner has pronounced him dead at the scene.

Larry Blevins and Kendall Estep also drowned after being caught in the current and swept over the dam.

We will bring you updates to this story as we get them.

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The accident happened when a man went missing after being pulled under in the Middle Fork of the Kentucky River in Leslie County.

The group of four went swimming Monday night. Of those four - two are dead, one is missing, and one survived.

Emergency workers got the call just after seven Monday night.

"One of the victim's son is the one that made it out and called 911 and told us that they were in, and they had gone under," said Isaac Hollins, Leslie County Constable.

The four were swimming when they were pulled over the dam by the current.

"And then it floated up, and I said it could be a body," said Darrell Combs, a witness.

Witnesses soon saw two bodies floating down the river.

"We went down the river here a little way and saw the two victims floating," said Hollins.

A water rescue squad was called in from Floyd County. And Laurel County Emergency Management officials brought in extra lights.

"We've had probably a couple hundred people, all the fire departments in Leslie County have had people out," said Hollins.

Despite these efforts, crews were not successful at finding the body of the missing man.

The Floyd County Rescue Squad will be back in Leslie County Tuesday morning. They hope to resume the search at 9 a.m.

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