Body found in Kentucky River identified as Lexington 17-year-old

Posted at 6:30 PM, Nov 12, 2022
and last updated 2022-11-13 10:56:18-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — According to Kentucky State Police, the body of a 17-year-old has been found and identified in connection to a Kentucky River rescue that began Friday night.

The body was recovered by the Lexington Fire Department dive team after crews resumed searching Saturday morning around 8:30.

Crews recovered the body around 11:30 a.m., along with the vehicle.

The Madison County Coroner identified the body as 17-year-old Maci Wyan of Lexington.

Wyan's has been sent to the State Medical Examiner's office in Frankfort for an autopsy report to be done.

The wreck involved two other juvenile passengers who were able to escape from the vehicle but unable to rescue the driver, due to an entrapment.

The passengers were rushed to the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

According to KSP, the juvenile operating the car was traveling on Old Richmond Road near the Old Clays Ferry bridge, when the juvenile lost control of the vehicle and went off the road over an embankment and into the water.


The investigation is ongoing and being conducted by the Trooper Bobby Estes. He was assisted on scene by KSP Post 7 personnel, Richmond Fire Department, Madison County Fire Department, Madison County EMS, Madison County EMA, Fish and Wildlife, and the Lexington Fire Department dive team.

Wyan was an 11th grade student at Lafayette High School in Lexington.

School leaders sent a message out to families sharing condolences with Wyan's family.

It reads in part:

"It is with a heavy heart that I write this evening to let you know that one of our 11th grade students, Maci Wyan, died this weekend in a tragic accident. Maci's teachers and friends say that she had a big heart, was known for the kindness she showed to others, and didn't know a stranger. Maci will be deeply missed by her teachers, friends and classmates."