Body found in Monroe County confirmed as Leah Carter

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MONROE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT/WBKO) - A tragic end to days of searching in Southern Kentucky.

Kentucky State Police have confirmed that a body found Saturday in the Flat Woods area of Monroe County is 19-year-old Leah Carter.

Search teams in Monroe County had been trying to find Carter since New Year's Eve when her car was swept away in floodwaters. A strong current made for a treacherous search once water levels went down.

Police say her a search crew made of up volunteers made the discovery. Her body was found on the banks of the Barren River about five miles away from where her car was found.

Even though everyone was hoping for a rescue, officials say the recovery wouldn't have been possible without the help of countless volunteers and first responders.

"It has been the most wonderful outpour of community support that I've ever encountered in my life, in my career in law enforcement," said Monroe County Sheriff, Roger Dale "Frog" Ford.

Officials tell us Carter's body will be sent to Louisville for an autopsy.

Funeral arrangements are still being worked out, but the Strode Funeral Home in Tompkinsville is handling them.

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