Searchers find body of 2nd missing hunter

Search scene picture by John Humphress
Search scene picture by John Humphress

TAYLOR COUNTY, KY- (WAVE)- Search crews returned to the Green River Sunday, and believe they have found the body of a second missing duck hunter.

The coroner has identified the body as Larry Stokes, 57, from Somerset.

Crews met and launched boats around 9:30 a.m. to resume their search for the missing man. They recovered the body of his hunting partner, Harold Wethington, 77,  on Saturday afternoon about 28 miles downstream from where they launched their boat.

The men's boat was found Friday night about 14 miles downstream from the boat ramp.

According to WAVE3's John Humphress, the second victim was found about 2 miles upstream of where crews found the hunters' boat.

After putting on safety gear, crews took a deputy from the Green County coroner's office by boat to the scene of the discovery on the river bank, near a debris stack.

This section of the Green River is known as the 'Big Rock' area. The victims' families told rescuers that both men were experienced hunters, and had hunted that area in the past.

We are awaiting the identity of the second victim.

According to Ronnie Dooley, director of Taylor County Emergency Management, the men launched the boat Friday morning around 9 a.m. from the lake's spillway. When they did not return, family members called police. Crews found the men's vehicle still in the parking lot of the boat ramp, and the search began.

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