Authorities search Kentucky River for East Jessamine student

tharrison@herald-leader.comMay 29, 2013 

Emergency crews from Jessamine County Fire Rescue and the Lexington Fire Department searched the Kentucky River in Jessamine County Thursday morning 17-year-old Jacob Mulcahy, who has been missing since Wednesday. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff

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Police continued to search the Kentucky River on Thursday for a 17-year-old East Jessamine High School student who has been missing since Wednesday.

Jessamine County Deputy Sheriff Allen Peel said the parents of the teen, Jacob Mulcahy, have been notified. Jacob had not been found as of 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Jessamine County Fire District Lt. Mike Wade said.

Deputy Sheriff Anthony Purcell said the search was focused on the area where Jacob's friends last saw him, in the middle of the river, between the Jessamine and Garrard county sides. The search area is near the boat ramp at the end of Ky. 39 in Jessamine County.

Jacob began yelling for help, then went under and did not resurface, Purcell said.

A woman drove to an area with better phone reception to call police.

Emergency workers searched up and down the river using boats, sonar and divers, Purcell said.

School was in session Wednesday, Purcell said, so it was unclear why the teens were at the river. The school's online calendar says the last day of school is Friday.

WKYT reported that Jacob played basketball. Chris O'Bryan, the basketball coach at East Jessamine High School, said Wednesday that administrators had asked him not to comment.

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