Search continues for missing toddler

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Reporter - Lauren Adams
Photojournalist - David Dycus

UNION COUNTY, Ky. - Deputy Kenny Vincent from Livingston County headed east Sunday evening and immediately put his boat in the Ohio River. He was looking for a missing three-year-old.

The task, he says, quickly became personal. His youngest son is about the same age as Carter Nall, the toddler he was looking for.

"That's the whole reason I'm still here," he said, admitting he had stopped only twice to refuel his boat.

Helicopters had already flown overhead and walkers with dogs and riders on horseback had combed the shore when Vincent arrived. His focus was the water, but he said, conditions were tough. A fast current and debris in the water hindered the search.

Carter Nall was last seen on a sandbar near the Ohio River, near Caseyville, around 3:30 Sunday afternoon. Crews spent that afternoon and evening on land, in the water, and in the air looking for the little boy.

Nall is from the Weston community of Crittenden County. Investigators say he was spending the day with family on the water when he was last seen. They believe the little boy went into the water without a life vest.

Bob Rich spent most of Monday on the shoreline. Nall is his niece's son. He said the family was grateful for the support they had been given. But, as the 24 hour mark approached and passed, Rich reluctantly accepted a new reality.

"I think hope's gone," he said, adding, "I just hope we can be able to recover the little angel."

Deputy Kenny Vincent said that was a promise he made to the family and himself.

"If that was my little boy down there I wouldn't quit, I wouldn't want somebody else to quit. I want to find him."

Family friends are organizing a prayer vigil Monday night for Carter Nall and his family.  For those interested in attending, it begins at 7 p.m. at Dam 50 in Crittenden County.

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