Crews continue search for Melanie Flynn

Posted at 2:52 PM, Aug 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-01 17:39:36-04

MERCER COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18)-  — Search efforts continued Thursday in Mercer County for Melanie Flynn, the Lexington woman who went missing in 1977. Police are back digging in an area known as Murphy's Landing following tips that she may be buried there in an underground septic tank.

After using scans to tell how deep the area is, police are back out digging in the dirt.

"With some of the scans that they were able to produce, some of the old maps that we received. We were kind of able to do an overlay on that kind of pinpoint some of the specific areas that we are kind of willing to look at today," Sgt. Donnell Gordon told LEX 18. "So what they're doing, they're digging out of that point we're trying not to tear up the land around here too much. As soon as they're done digging when they get down deep enough to where they can see if there is a structure or not, sometimes just running to rock."

Investigators with Lexington police say the search for Flynn is personal after it exposed corruption within the department.

"We really want to bring some type of answer to the family of where she is. It's over 40 years," said Sgt. Gordon.

Police say if the search is not successful after they dig through their list of places today, they will press on in their quest to bring Melanie home.