[Missing: Michael Key, 31 - LaRue County, Kentucky]
Search efforts are continuing for a LaRue County man reported missing Dec. 13.
According to the LaRue County Sheriff's Office, Michael Key, 31, of Hodgenville, was last seen on Wayne Ennis Road in Howardstown. Last Wednesday, officials said his vehicle was found parked on a gravel bar in the Rolling Fork River near Wayne Ennis Road. LaRue County Sheriff Russell McCoy said several personal items were in the vehicle, but Key was nowhere to be found.
Search crews have looked for Key for several days since his vehicle was discovered. McCoy said approximately 100 volunteers have searched the area for more than 100 hours. He said crews are searching the river and surrounding area near the river with dogs, boats, helicopters, vehicles that are used in searches and other devices.
"We are canvassing the full length of the river and the river banks. We have also been searching the river at night with high-powered spotlights that can see more than 5 feet in the water," McCoy said.
If the rain holds off, we will be able to continue the search," he continued. "But if we get a lot of rain, we will have to wait because the river will rise, making it dangerous for search crews. It also makes the river banks hazardous as it makes them slick and increases the possibility it could cave in at sections. The last thing we need is for someone else to get hurt."
McCoy said officers are investigating and making phone calls in an attempt to gain insight into the days leading up to Key's disappearance. He said they also obtained a search warrant and gained access to his phone, but that nothing on his phone gave them information about his disappearance.
"We are doing everything we can and investigating every possible clue. But we have no clues that are leading to anything at this time and no one has reported that they have seen or talked to him," McCoy said. "I can't disclose any other information at this time. But we can say that no foul play was suspected in his disappearance and that he is still considered a missing person."
McCoy said Key was "well thought of" by many in LaRue County and that it has made it hard and personal for local search crews.
"Everyone knows him in the community. He has been a dispatcher, firefighter and EMT here," McCoy said. "He is a friend to everyone on our staff and a friend to a lot of the emergency personnel in the county. We want to do everything we can to explore every avenue in our investigation."
Key is described as a white male, 5-foot-5, medium build, brown hair, green eyes and weighs approximately 145 pounds. He has a tattoo on his chest and left wrist.
Anyone with any information on the case should call the LaRue County Sheriff's Office at 270-358-3120.