ROWAN COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) –Wednesday marked the fourth day of the search for a Rowan County boy swept up into a storm drain.
The boy was swept into a storm drain on Sunday during heavy rains that hit the area. Over 350 volunteers came out to help search for the child.
The crews covered rough terrain for several hours. The mother of the victim thanked rescuers as they piled off school buses to search. She said, “Please bring my baby home.”
Rowan County Emergency Management released a statement from the mother on Wednesday. It said that the boy is named Bryce Kolton Wade Combs, he is 9-years-old and in the 4th grade.
“I would like to take this opportunity to express my upmost gratitude to each and every individual involved in the search, as well as to all who have shown their continued support. Thank you for everything and for the prayer in the on-going search for my son, Bryce,” the mother’s statement said.
Rowan County Emergency Management has released a statement from the missing Rowan County boy's mother. pic.twitter.com/FXbK0BKkse
— LEX 18 News (@LEX18News) September 13, 2018
Emergency Management Director Ronnie Day said while they are holding out hope for a miracle, the operation switched from a rescue to a recovery mission.
“Every day is a different search because the water level continues to drop in expose new territory for us on the creek. So, every day will be like a new search for us for a while. We don’t know if the weather will hold for us this weekend, it may rise up again, but yes the lower water is helping us again,” Chief Jeff Anderson of Morehead Fire told LEX 18.
This is an example of what search crews in Morehead are able to do now with the lower water levels. They are searching a 13 mile long area for the missing 9-year-old @LEX18News pic.twitter.com/KxTO5pXaUO
— Conor McCue (@Conor_WLEX) September 12, 2018
Plenty of volunteers have shown up to help and a local restaurant brought food to the crews.