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Friends searching for rock painted by man before he died

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Posted at 10:21 PM, Oct 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-22 22:21:29-04

BOYLE COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — In communities across the Commonwealth, people love searching for painted rocks that have been hidden by people in the county, but finding one hidden rock has become an important mission for a group of friends.

The rock they are searching for says "trash panda" and it has a raccoon painted on it. The rock was painted by Drew Chapin. Chapin is described by friends as a funny, caring man who loved his family and his girlfriend. They say his dog "Hambones" was his life.

The painted rock searches across Kentucky have brought joy to many people in the past few years, and Chapin painted his rock in hopes someone in the community would find it. The rock was placed somewhere in Boyle County, Chapin's home county.

Chapin was just 31-years-old when he passed away unexpectedly six months ago. Now, his friends are trying to find his painted rock so they can give it to Chapin's father.

So far, a post on social media looking for information has been shared over 100 of times, but they still haven't found the rock.

If you have already found this rock, or if you do find it, please email Melody Crowe at so they can bring the trash panda rock to Chapin's family.