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More than 400 people search for missing Morehead boy

More than 400 people, including 300 volunteers, searched in Morehead Tuesday morning for the nine-year-old boy swept into floodwaters.

MOREHEAD, Ky. - More than 400 people, including 300 volunteers, searched in Morehead Tuesday morning for the nine-year-old boy swept into floodwaters.

The line outside the courthouse was so long that officials had to ask people to come back Tuesday afternoon.

“We actually had so many people this morning we could deploy everybody because we were actually walking them on top of each other,” said Ronnie Day, Morehead emergency management director.

Emergency officials say the search is now a recovery mission as the boy has been missing since Sunday afternoon.

“Every footstep you take, you wish you could find it,” said Will Robinson, a volunteer involved in the search. “I mean every footstep, every limb. Every branch you look under. I just hope and pray that you find that child.”

The child’s family has been in constant contact with the search crews, and even a relative joined the search.

Rescue crews are running on only a few hours of sleep, and officials plan on meeting Tuesday tonight to discuss how long the search can continue.

“You get out there and the tears start flowing,” Robinson said. “You know like, this cannot be real. We can't give up.”

The Rowan County superintendent says that the boy attended several different schools since moving to the county. Counselors were present at each of them on Tuesday.

Day is asking people who want to help in the search Wednesday to call (606)-776-0000.

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