MOREHEAD, Ky. (LEX 18) — Officials searching for a young boy who was swept into a storm drain in Morehead are utilizing help in the form of horses.
Ronnie Day, who is organizing the search efforts, said Saturday morning that horses were needed to aid in the search for 9-year-old Bryce Combs.
Horse owners willing to help can call 606-276-1326.
“Those horses give a little bit of a height advantage to the observer. And it also allows them to maneuver terrain that is difficult to maneuver by just walking,” said Robert Carpenter, Area Manager.
Reportedly horse search teams are coming in from Tennessee, Ohio and across Kentucky on Sunday in hopes of finding the boy.
Combs was swept away in floodwaters last weekend. Now that the water level has receded, rescue crews are giving a thorough search to a nearby pond in Boone Hollan Wetlands.
Hundreds of volunteers have searched for the fourth-grader. Mayor Jim Tom Trent posted that a bloodhound has also been brought in to help searchers.
At this point the search is being considered a recovery mission.
His mother released a statement earlier this week.
“I would like to take this opportunity to express my utmost 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.