Search goes on for man missing in Ohio River

Ryan Dehn (Photo courtesy: Dehn family)
Ryan Dehn (Photo courtesy: Dehn family)

By Mark Schnyder - bio | email

CLARKSVILLE, IN (WAVE) - The search for southern Indiana man who was last seen wading in the Ohio River continued Friday. As WAVE 3's Mark Schnyder reports, rescue workers do not believe the man could have survived.

The 12-year-old boy who got out of the river was back at the scene Friday with his father. He tried to show recovery crews where he and 19-year-old Ryan Dehn (pronounced Dean) got into trouble. That is where crews have been searching most of the day.

Dehn and the boy, who is his future brother-in-law, got into trouble just after 8 p.m. Thursday. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has a grim task - one that when competed will only lead to more tears.

"I can tell them exactly what we are doing, but I don't know if I am comforting them or not. Everybody is doing everything they can," said Mac Spainhour, an Indiana Conservation officer.

Dehn is said to have gone in after the 12-year-old, identified only as Jacob, got into trouble. A family Friend stopped by the search scene to lend support.

"Jacob and Ryan both play with my kids in my yard," said Hope Stidham. "I was at work when the incident happened last night. I come home and my husband says "They found Jacob down at the water a little earlier. They're still looking for Ryan and they haven't had any luck."

Stidham said that Jacob was at her house just hours before what has turned into a tragedy.

"Jacob said 'I'll be back in a little while. I've gotta go. I've gotta catch up with Ryan," said Stidham. "Jacob left my house and went to meet Ryan."

Recovery crews plan to continue their search until nightfall Friday and will return to the scene at first light on Saturday. They plan to continue to search until they find Ryan's body.