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Rescue crews continue search for missing Lee County man

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Posted at 9:41 AM, Dec 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-28 18:21:45-05

BEATTYVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18) — The search for Shawn Little entered its third day on Monday, with officials dragging the bottom of the North Fork Kentucky River in Beattyville.

“We will search until the information we have plays out,” said Lee County EMS Director Jon Allen.

Allen said Little wandered away from his home at roughly 4 a.m. the morning after Christmas. He hasn’t been seen or heard from since.

“He would go fishing and hunting. Those woods are where he grew up, he knows all of it. There’s no reason he should be lost,” said Little’s daughter Kayla Napier McHargue.

Search crews are concerned about Little after learning he stopped taking his prescription medication very recently.

“Anytime with a situation like this the mental state is a main concern,” Allen said. “Why someone would walk away kind of gives the tools to see certain behavior to see why they would go someplace, or not."

The Christmas Eve snowstorm, which dropped about five inches in this part of the state, was a help to crews who were able to follow what they believe are Shawn’s footprints to the river from his home. Unfortunately, that revelation didn’t lead them to finding Shawn.

“It’s been hard,” Napier McHargue said. “He has two other kids aside from me, and they’d like to know what happened to their Dad.”