The body of a man missing since last week was found and recovered Wednesday from the Kentucky River near Frankfort, Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton said.
The body of Will J. Rawlings, 26, of Frankfort was found shortly before noon about 2 miles downstream from the point where the search began on Friday. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.
The investigation into the death is still active.
“There is nothing to indicate this is anything but a terrible tragedy,” Melton said. “We’ve got to be able to prove that it was an accident and prove that nothing has happened. Right now there’s nothing to indicate ... that foul play would be suspected.”
An employee of United American Securities Company, Rawlings guarded the Buffalo Trace Distillery at night. His vehicle and flashlight were found near the river, and he was known to fish from a particular spot behind the distillery when he was off duty.
At some point on the night of April 13 into early Friday, family members were unable to contact Rawlings and went to check on him.
Family members reported Rawlings missing about 2:45 a.m. Friday when they could not find him in the area near his car. The sheriff’s office found markings that indicated someone slid down about a 5-foot embankment into the river, Melton said.