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Search for missing kayaker to resume

Thursday, April 28, 2011

REELSVILLE -- As rain has continued to be an on-and-off phenomenon this week, the search for a Putnam County kayaker missing since last Tuesday has stalled. The search is set to resume in upcoming days however.

Reelsville fire chief John McPherson said his department hasn't had a chance to conduct a formal search on Big Walnut Creek for David Pritchett, 48, since last Friday because of the weather. McPherson said two upcoming searches should have a large number of people involved.

"I talked to his wife last night. She and (some family members) are going to get out (today)," McPherson said. "They're expecting 30 to 40 family and friends to get out and search in the area that they believe he went in to the river."

In addition to the family's search, McPherson said his department would be conducting a search this Saturday.

"We want for everyone to meet at the (Reelsville) firehouse at 9 a.m. We're bringing in several resources," McPherson said. "We've got some cadaver dogs that we'll be using on the river bank and in the water."

McPherson said the search would involve an expanded search area around Big Walnut.

"We're going to be doing this search throughout the rest of Putnam County and going into Clay County," he said. "It's about eight river miles that we're going to cover."

McPherson said he was expecting searchers to come from a variety of locations

"I'm expecting probably 40 to 50 or more volunteers, not only from our department but from the community and other departments," he said. "We're bringing the dogs in from Indianapolis and an entire search and rescue team from Indianapolis as well."

Pritchett launched his kayak at 6:30 p.m. April 19 in a break between two storms. His family reported him missing around 10 p.m. that night.


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I sincerely hope you are able to bring this guy home and Thankyou for not dropping the search. He is a son, a father, and a husband, he is a human and he needs to be found.

-- Posted by dbltrbl on Thu, Apr 28, 2011, at 6:31 AM

...and a brother... Mr. McPherson and the Reelsville VFD have been unflagging in their efforts and support during this crisis, as have the DNR, the Indiana State Police, and several other agencies. The family applauds their efforts and will give them as much support as possible. Thanks to all of you for your continued calls, messages and letters of support. We will not fail to bring David home.

-- Posted by chazm_vet on Thu, Apr 28, 2011, at 2:31 PM


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