GRAVES COUNTY, Ky. — Watch the video for Friday's full coverage of the tragic death of four Amish children in Graves County. Below are updates from Local 6 reporters and producers.
8:XX p.m. UPDATE -- Twelve hours of searching ended in heartbreak for an area family Friday.
After battling rain, mud and high water, rescuers recovered the body of the fourth missing Amish child in Graves County.
Nine members of the Wagler family were traveling down Roscoe Road when their buggy overturned, sweeping four of the children away.
At 1 a.m. the Graves County Sheriff confirmed three of the four children were found dead.
The Hickman County coroner confirmed they are Sarahmae, Rosemary and Samuel Wagler, all siblings.
Deputies confirmed the final missing child, Elizabeth, had been found. She was traveling with her cousins.
The heartbreaking discovery landed a major blow in Graves County, not just to family members but to searchers as well.
This tragedy is bringing together people from several different counties across our region.
Many people are sad here but there's also a sense of accomplishment that searchers were able to bring the family some kind of closure.
And now that the search and rescue is over, people are coming back to town to pay their respects.
Dublin, Kentucky, is a small town that doesn't see much traffic.
Josh Hale said that all changed after an Amish buggy overturned in the midst of torrential rains Thursday night.
"There has never been that, so crazy out here, not ever in my whole life.
More than 300 people came together from all walks of life to help in search and recovery. Amish, civilians and neighbors worked side-by-side.
"We went down there in groups of 10," Hale said. "The water was real deep and real cold. We did what we could. We did our best."
Annalise Ellington brought flowers to a nearby creek. It's a small gesture that speaks volumes about the kindness of a community that knows no boundaries.
"I have kids of my own and it just hit me that something that tragic would happen to those kids," she said. "I can't imagine what those parents must be going through."
It's that empathy that brought this community together.
"To see how many people came from different counties, everyone pulled together," Hale said. "These people really don't talk to much of us but that quick we all came together did the best we could to help them out."
7:50 p.m. UPDATE -- Pouring rain and a pitch black night. This is what search and rescue crews were up against as they combed the area searching for four missing children.
In spite of it all, within just a few hours, there was news. But it was grim. Three bodies recovered.
Graves County Sheriff Dewayne Redmon said a family of nine was traveling down Roscoe Road Thursday night. It was dark. They couldn't see. Then their horse and buggy were swept away, along with four children.
With an eleven year old girl still unaccounted for, volunteers went at it even harder, hoping for a miracle.
For the next few hours, crews came and went, closing their eyes for brief moments, taking just a minute to warm up.
Despite the conditions, volunteer Tim Longman was eager to get back out.
"I'm just waiting on some dry socks," he said.
And everyone it seemed, was doing just that. Relatives waiting for good news. Rescue workers waiting for word to go back.
But time passed slowly.
Daylight brought a new round of volunteers and supplies but also bad news.
"This is not the outcome we had hoped by any means," said Sheriff Redmon.
The body of the 11 year-old-girl who disappeared here nearly 14 hours ago had been found.
"We didn't get to bring her home but we did bring her home," said Redmon.
-- Reporter - Lauren Adams; Photojournalist - David Dycus
9:45 a.m. UPDATE -- Graves County Sheriff Dewayne Redmon reports to Local 6 that searchers
7:45 a.m. UPDATE -- Lauren Adams reports they have recovered a bonnet and shawl of the missing 11-year-old. Many fear the search may now be a recovery, not rescue.
7:00 a.m. UPDATE -- Local 6's Lauren Adams is reporting that the coast guard and dive teams have arrived to assist in the search.
6:30 a.m. UPDATE -- Graves County Sheriff Dewayne Redmon says crews from Carlisle, Hickman, McCracken, and Graves Counties are all assisting in the search for the missing 11-year old this morning. McCracken County Rescue is sending an inflatable boat to assist in the search.
Redmon says high waters and mud are complicating the search, and crews are having to be switched out every 30-45 minutes. They've split the search teams into 2 areas near where the bodies of the 3 children have been found.
5:00 a.m. UPDATE -- Graves County Sheriff Dewayne Redmon says he's holding out hope for the missing 11-year old girl, that she could have survived and become disoriented.
Redmon also says he's overwhelmed by the support from the community. About 200 people have been helping with the search, which is continuing in the early hours this morning.
Local 6's Lauren Adams reports that the family has returned home.
4:00 a.m. UPDATE -- Graves County Sheriff Dewayne Redmon is telling Local 6 that the missing child is the 11-year old. Local 6 remains on the scene this morning, and will bring you live reports on Local 6 Today starting at 5:00 a.m.
1:00 a.m. UPDATE -- Graves County Sheriff Dewayne Redmon tells Local 6 that around 12:25 AM, three of the four missing children were found dead, near where the accident occurred on Roscoe Road. Rescue crews are still looking for the fourth child, and will continue to search throughout the night and into the morning until the child is located.
ORIGINAL STORY -- A desperate search continues for four children swept away in a creek following torrential rains in the area.
An Amish family of seven were traveling by horse and buggy on Roscoe Road. When they tried to cross a portion of the road that had been covered in an undetermined depth of water, the buggy overturned.
Three family members escaped, but four children were swept away in the water and remain missing. The children range in age from 5 months old to 11 years old.
Sheriff Dewayne Redmon said rescuers will continue searching the area until they find all four children. Emergency crews are readying rescue boats to aid in the search. Around 75 people are searching the creek area on foot with flashlights, calling out for the children.
A Local 6 crew is on the scene and we will bring you more information as it becomes available.