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Bryce Combs body was found by a lone volunteer

MOREHEAD, KY (WOWK/WYMT) - UPDATE: 9/16/18 @ 4:22 P.M. 

A lone volunteer discovered the body that’s believed to be 9-year-old Bryce Combs around noon Sunday, according to Ronnie Day, Rowan County Emergency Management Director. The body was recovered about two miles from the point of entry along Triplett Creek, while the volunteer was out searching. 

The recovery comes one week after Combs was swept away by flash flood waters last Sunday. 

According to Day, more than 2,000 people volunteered to help with the search throughout the week. 

UPDATE: 9/16/18 @ 3 p.m.

According to our CBS affiliate WYMT, the Rowan County Coroner says crews have been searching for the nine-year-old boy and was found dead from an apparent drowning.

In Morehead, rescue crews and volunteers spent a week looking for Bryce Combs, a nine-year-old swept away by floodwaters.

The coroner says the body was found in the Triplett Creek area.


ORIGINAL: 9/13/18 @ 5 a.m.

Morehead Police tell 13 News that Bryce Kolton Wade Combs, 9, has been identified as the missing child swept away by flood waters.

The little boy went missing on Sunday, September, 9th, 2018 while playing near a tributary into a creek. 

Morehead Mayor, Jim Tom Trent, tweeted out a statement last night from the boy's family:

UPDATE: 9/10/18 @ 11 p.m.

Community members held a prayer vigil Monday evening to show their support for a missing 9-year-old boy, who was swept away by flood waters Sunday.

"We have no reason not to have hope," said Morehead Mayor Jim Tom Trent. "Until there's reason to have closure, and you get to an outcome that we hope we don't reach...until that, you have to have hope." 

Search and rescue efforts for the child have come up empty-handed, so far, despite about 60 volunteers joining the search. City officials have not released the boy's name, because the family is asking for privacy during the search. 

"It's devastating," said Martina Wagoner, a friend of the boy's mother. "We are moms and to watch another mom go through this is unbelievable." 

The 9-year-old was playing with friends Sunday afternoon, when he fell into rising water and was swept away. According to Mayor Trent, the boy's 12-year-old best friend also fell in the water, but after getting out, tried to run and save him, but was unsuccessful. 

"He’s struggling right now, so pray for him," said Trent. "That’s too much for a 12-year-old to have on their mind.”

The town has been focused on finding the 9-year-old, canceling Monday's City Council meeting and school. However, students and teachers will go back to school Tuesday, without their third-grade classmate. 

"I just had a real heart for, of course, the kids, but also the teachers that will be trying to comfort the kids tomorrow," said Brigette Brock, a retired Rowan County teacher. "I don't know how they're going to do it." 

Rowan County Schools will have extra counselors available for any students or teachers to speak with.

Whether it's close family friends, or complete strangers, the community is relying on one thing: Hope.

"Just hold up that hope, because he is a wonderful child," said Wagoner. "I'm not going to say was, because he IS, a wonderful and strong child - a loving, kind, energetic boy and we want him back." 

Search and rescue efforts were called off Monday night, but will continue at daybreak Tuesday.

ORIGINAL: 9/10/18 @ 5 p.m. 

Emergency crews in Morehead, Kentucky are continuing searching for a child after he was swept away by swift water yesterday.

The little boy went missing on Sunday, September, 9th, 2018 while playing near a tributary into a creek. 

Emergency management says they are now using drones in the search as well as people on the water and a helicopter. 

Mayor of Morehead, KY Jim Tom Trent said in a post on Twitter Sunday that emergency crews are working to locate a boy swept into a culvert in town.

According to Mayor Trent, the search was suspended Sunday night until Monday morning.

He also warned parents to keep children away from culverts and streams during heavy rains. 


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