, Corbin, KY

Local News

July 12, 2012

Local teams continue search for missing man

CORBIN — By Carl Keith Greene / Staff Writer

After area teams of rescue personnel on Laurel River Lake were unable to find Clarence Holmes, 32, of Berea, personnel from nearby counties left for home last weekend.

The local rescue teams from the Laurel County Rescue Squad, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife searchers and U.S. Forest Service searchers continued again on Sunday, said Abby Hale, Laurel Public Safety manager.

“We just scaled back from the large operation, and we got additional resources that can come, if we need them,” he added.

“I sent for a dog out today on the lake here. It’s not a dog I’ve used this weekend. Fish and Wildlife will take the dog and its owner out on the lake,” Hale said.

A search dog named Katie Didit came from Corbin late Wednesday afternoon to sniff for indication that Holmes may be in the water there.

The 8-year-old dog began to learn how to sniff out things when she was about 3 months old, said Lesha Powell. With her was her brother, Donnie Hart, and his daughter Amanda Hart.

Fish and Wildlife officer Sgt. Jason Bolton helped load the dog and the others into his boat to be taken out where the dog may sniff something to make them think that Holmes might be there.

Wednesday, Hale said after the out-of-town rescue teams left, the Laurel rescue squad began looking at places where the Pulaski team thought Holmes may be.

The local teams on Tuesday morning were where they might have found Holmes’ location in the water, Hale said.

There were eight to 10 divers in the water later on Tuesday.

“They went down and made a sweep of everything that led us to points of interest, It turned up negative,” Hale explained.

Wednesday, Hale said that Rescue Squad leader Lester VanHook was looking for additional resources.

Hale said he and VanHook were working to possibly get help from Boone County on the Ohio River.

The Boone County squad may be on the lake on Thursday or Friday, Hale expected.

Hale said the search will continue into the weekend if Holmes is not found by then.

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