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Missing toddler in Gunlock

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UPDATE AS OF 1 P.M. 

GUNLOCK – Crews are currently searching for a missing 22-month-old in the Gunlock area.

According to officials, the parents of Kenneth Howard realized he was missing at approximately 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 12, at a home located on Kenneth Combs Road, off of Rt. 7 and less than one mile from the Floyd County line. The father reported to officials that he was on the other side of the house, and the toddler was last seen at the corner of the house.

When they realized he was missing, they started looking for him, then called the South Magoffin Volunteer Fire Department, whose members helped search for the child for approximately half an hour before calling 911. Kentucky State Police, Magoffin County Sheriff Department, Magoffin County Rescue Squad and other agencies then joined the search, and are still looking at present time.

Dogs and their handlers did an extensive search of the area until approximately 6:30 a.m., until the dogs were too tired to continue. Another group of approximately a half a dozen dogs have been out searching since 10:30 a.m., with another group of dogs on their way to the area.

Pikeville Emergency Management used thermal drones to scan the area and KSP has deployed helicopters to assist in the search, but the area is described as being dense with tree coverage and hills.

Officials tell us there have been no signs or clues of the toddler’s whereabouts.

As far as volunteers, right now the area is covered with trained search-and-rescue volunteers, but if that changes, we will announce the need for more volunteers as needed.

Kenneth Howard is described as having blonde hair and blue eyes and was last seen wearing red jogging pants, sandals and a gray Avengers t-shirt.

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Heather Oney

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