NEW INFO: Hundreds Gather for Teen's Memorial Service

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 11/21/12 @ 10:40 a.m.
FLEMINGSBURG, Ky. (AP) -- Hundreds of people have gathered at a northeastern Kentucky football field to honor the memory of a 15-year-old boy who died in a hunting accident.

Police say they found the body of Ricky Dean Hamilton Jr. on Tuesday in a quarry after a three day search. They think he fell from a cliff.

Police say he went deer hunting with his father Saturday afternoon and the two split up with a plan to meet later at a specific area. The teenager never arrived.

The Associated Press reports that nearly 600 people attended the vigil Tuesday night at the Fleming County High School football field, where students were still having a hard time dealing with the tragedy.

Many said they came out to show support the teen's family.



UPDATE 11/20/12 @ 8 p.m.
FLEMING COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A body found earlier Tuesday has been confirmed as that of a missing 15-year-old hunter, Kentucky State Police say.

Ricky Hamilton Jr. left his home Saturday afternoon with his father to hunt in the immediate area.

Hamilton fell from a cliff into the Lehigh Hanson Rock Quarry. His family has been notified about his death.

Hamilton’s body will be taken to Frankfort for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

No foul play is suspected. The case remains under investigation by Kentucky State Police.



UPDATE 11/20/12 @ 3:30 p.m.
FLEMINGSBURG, Ky. (AP) -- Crews searching for a missing teenager in northeastern Kentucky have found a body in a quarry, but it's not known whether it is the missing boy.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Endre Samu says a unit searching by aircraft spotted the body around 1 p.m. Tuesday a couple miles south of Flemingsburg.

Samu said the search for 15-year-old Ricky Dean Hamilton Jr. is on hold while the body is identified.

Officials said earlier that Hamilton was hunting deer with his father Saturday. The two split up and were to meet later at a specific area, but the teenager never arrived.

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UPDATE 11/20/12
FLEMING COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- More than 100 people joined the search Monday for 15-year-old Ricky Hamilton, Jr. He disappeared more than late Saturday afternoon hours ago while deer hunting in a Fleming County forest.

"Sheriffs Department is still investigating. State Police detectives are here. They've went back out with the dog team. We're doing all we can, but we're just not having any success," said Fleming County Emergency Management director Dwayne Price.

Emergency officials said teachers told them it was unlikely Hamilton would have simply run away.

"We've had teachers say the son is the patriarch of the family. That he would not do anything like this. You can only go by what he says," Price said.

Some of Hamilton's classmates helped search for him. Emergency officials say this has been a true community effort.

"A lot of people are just volunteering time. We're getting a lot of donations of water, pop, food. Yesterday they were here, teachers, coaches. The whole community is coming forward for us," Price said.

Tuesday, crews plan to extend their search area to a two-mile radius.

"Got it pretty well lined up what we're going to do. A lot of the same. We're debating bringing the horses back or not. We're still discussing that," Price said.

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ORIGINAL STORY 11/19/12
TILTON, Ky. (AP) -- Police in Fleming County, Ky. are searching for a teenager who disappeared over the weekend while hunting deer with his father.

Fleming County Emergency Management Director Dwayne Price says Ricky Dean Hamilton was last seen Saturday in the Tilton area of Fleming County.

Price says Hamilton and his father, Ricky Hamilton, were dropped off about 4:30 p.m.at a wooded area and separated with plans to meet up later at a designated area.

Price says the boy never arrived to meet his father and Kentucky State Police were called.

Price says in addition to ground searches which were aided by four-wheelers and those on horseback, aerial searches were also conducted. Price says more search and rescue dogs were brought in Monday to assist.


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