By Maureen Kyle
(TAYLORSVILLE, Ky., June 4th, 2004, 6 p.m.) -- Family and friends of a missing Fisherville teenager were holding out hope that he'll be found alive. Kevin Schultz disappeared while swimming with friends at Taylorsville Lake Thursday night. WAVE 3's Maureen Kyle reports.
The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Department searched the lake all day Friday. A K-9 unit was also on a boat in hopes that Schultz's scent can be picked up.
Schultz was swimming with friends Thursday evening, but he wasn't wearing a life jacket. And the water levels are 20 feet higher than usual.
"We seen him coming back and then we didn't see him again," said Patrick Greenwell, a friend who was with Schultz Thursday night. "Somebody said he was over by this telephone pole over here and we thought he was just joking around. We didn't think anything about it."
Schultz was known for his practical jokes, and his friends didn't want to believe anything was seriously wrong when he didn't come back.
But Greenwell says another group fishing at the Chowning Lane boat dock confirmed their fears. "Then when everybody got here, all the people that said that they seen him over there say they saw his head bob up and down and then go under and never come back up. And they didn't say anything to us, and they didn't do anything."
Now his friends want to know why people saw Schultz in distress, but did nothing about it. "There was people right next to us that kept saying 'if that was our friend, we would have jumped in and saved him,'" says Charles "Chuckie" Sutton. "But if they were any kind of people, they would have jumped in too, regardless."
Schultz's mother and twin sister drove in from Tennessee Friday morning to stand vigil at the boat dock with the rest of his family and friends as search teams combed Taylorsville Lake. Crews stopped searching about 6 p.m. Friday and planned to begin searching again on Saturday.
Greenwell says he hopes they discover Schultz passed out on a bank somewhere.
Authorities say the high water levels may have contributed to the possible drowning because it decreases boat traffic.
Friends say Schultz, 19, was getting ready to start classes at Kentucky State University in the fall on a scholarship.
Online Reporter: Maureen Kyle