Search crews tried for a second day Thursday to locate a woman who went missing during a hike in Garrard County with her boyfriend.
Jessica Burk, 40, was last seen at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday by her boyfriend, who hiked down a trail at Tom Dorman State Nature Preserve near Palisades Point while Burk stayed behind, police said. When the boyfriend went back up the trail, he could not find Burk, according to police.
The boyfriend called police a little after 7 p.m., after a few hours of searching on his own, Garrard County police said.
Her disappearance is being classified as a missing persons case, according to police.
On Thursday, officials told LEX 18 that the case was not being classified as a criminal investigation.
A search began Wednesday night for Burk. Police said they used dogs and a helicopter but were unable to find her. The search continued Thursday and was called off for the day a little before 6 p.m., according to LEX 18.
Ten Lexington firefighters were called to Garrard County just before 11 a.m. Thursday to help with the search, Battalion Chief Joe Best said.
The Tom Dorman State Nature Preserve spans 908 acres in Garrard and Jessamine counties and has a moderately difficult walking trails through the forest and down to the Kentucky River, according to the preserve’s website. The preserve is also home to 220-foot limestone palisade walls, cliffs and hills.
Burk is described as being 5 feet, 4 inches, 120 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. She was last seen wearing a white, fuzzy coat; black jogging pants with a red stripe; boots; and glasses, police said.