Search for missing boy ends tragically
KUTTAWA, Ky.- It was not the end any of the rescuers who were searching for a missing boy were hoping and praying for, but they hope finding nine-year-old Warren Patterson's body will help his family find closure.
Kentucky State Police got to Kuttawa Beach in Lyon County shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday. Patterson's family members told them the little boy had been missing for up to an hour already. According to police, the family was taking turns riding a jet ski and Patterson got dropped off on shore. He was last seen near the playground there, but they lost sight of him. He was wearing blue jean shorts, no shirt, and had just taken off his life jacket to let someone else wear it.
The Lyon County Emergency Manager set up a command post and started the search on the grounds surrounding the beach. More than 40 people lined up and walked the grounds, but they didn't find anything.
As volunteers from the community showed up to help, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife officers put in a boat and started a water search. Marshall County's Search and Rescue boat also arrived, which is equipped with sonar, to help search the lake bottom.
"At that point, we still felt pretty confident he was in he water," said Sgt. Ryan Dawson with the Kentucky State Police. But they also had another lead, a lead Dawson said pointed them towards an abduction.