Scott County

Boy's body found in Elkhorn Creek

SCOTT COUNTY — Rescue crews searching North Elkhorn Creek for a third day Monday found the body of the 13-year-old boy who fell into the creek Saturday afternoon while crossing a dam with a friend.

Seth Andrew Carnahan of Lawrenceburg had been walking across Great Crossing Dam near Ky. 227 in Scott County with a 15-year-old boy when the two fell into the creek, officials said. The other boy was able to swim to shore.

Seth's body was found about 2:45 p.m. Monday about 100 yards upstream from another dam a few miles away in Scott County.

Sgt. Rex Burkhead of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources said the recovery of the boy's body was an "inevitable end to a bad situation."

Seth was the son of Kentucky State Police trooper Mike Carnahan of Lawrenceburg and Lisa Lamb of Georgetown, a spokesperson for the Kentucky Department of Corrections.

Burkhead said the family is "obviously distraught. This has been a horrific experience for them, understandably."

The fish and wildlife department was assisted in the search by the Scott County Sheriff's Office and state police.

State trooper Ron Turley said community support throughout the three days was tremendous, and "now it's time to get some healing."

Scott County Sheriff's Deputy Daryl Blevins said local restaurants and residents donated food and drinks to the workers during the search. That helped "make a bad situation easier," Blevins said.

Davine Young has lived on Jones Lane near Great Crossing Park about 35 years. Each day he walks to the park for exercise. On Saturday, the sound of emergency vehicles brought him to the area, and he returned Sunday and Monday to watch the search continue.

"The park is always busy," Young said. Children "play on the dam quite a bit."

Young said he's heard about people falling into the water over the years, but he could not recall any specific cases.

High water can cover low-head dams such as the one at Great Crossing, making them unrecognizable. The water was high from recent rains when the boys crossed the dam.

But, Burkhead said, normally there's just a trickle of water over Great Crossing Dam.

There is a warning sign about possible danger at the dam, Burkhead said. And the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources tries to educate the public about dam safety.

But the department does not want to prohibit people from using recreation areas, Burkhead said. He said schools sometimes bring children to Great Crossing Park to access the creek for canoeing and other activities.

"We want to provide access to these beautiful areas," Burkhead said.

Johnson's Funeral Home in Georgetown is in charge of arrangements, which were incomplete Monday.

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