Posted: Nov 20, 2012 3:19 PM
Updated: Nov 20, 2012 4:04 PM
Officials confirmed Tuesday afternoon that a body found in a quarry in Fleming County is that of a teen who had been missing since going on a hunting trip with his father Saturday.
Officials say the body of Ricky Hamilton, 15, was found at the bottom of a quarry at about 1 p.m. Tuesday. Hamilton was reported missing Saturday when he got separated from his father while hunting in an area off of Route 156 south of Flemingsburg.
State Police say a helicopter flying overhead spotted Hamilton's body in the quarry. The official cause of death is pending an autopsy, but it appears Hamilton fell from a cliff into the rock quarry, located about a half a mile from the search post and a quarter mile from his home. His death has been deemed accidental.
Funeral arrangements have not been set.
Volunteers from seven different counties participated in the search for Hamilton, riding ATVs, climbing ravines, cutting their way through brush. Those search crews were sent home after the body was discovered.
State police and sheriff's deputies are also involved in the investigation.
A vigil will be held for Hamilton Tuesday night at Fleming County High School's football field beginning at 7 p.m.