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Search for missing man put on hold

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

David Pritchett
PUTNAM COUNTY -- Officials announced the temporary cease of the search for a Putnam County man Wednesday, who allegedly went missing during a kayak trip on Big Walnut Creek, near Putnamville Tuesday.

Concerned family members reported David Pritchett, 48, missing after he, along with his dog, launched a green kayak in a flooded field near his home at approximately 6:30 p.m., Tuesday. Pritchett was last seen wearing a short-sleeve tan button up style shirt, blue pants, brown hip waders, and possibly was wearing a yellow life jacket. The dog returned to the Pritchett home Wednesday afternoon.

Members of the Indiana Conservation Officers, Reelsville Fire Department, Cloverdale Fire Department, Indiana State Police and family members assisted in the land and water search until 2 a.m., Wednesday.

Water conditions were such that further boat-based searches of the main channel were put on hold until conditions improved a few hours later.

However, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, flood stage for Big Walnut Creek is 12 feet, which is currently at 16 feet.

Officials confirm the creek has begun to crest in some areas and is expected to fall, if no more rain is received.

Helicopters provided by Indiana Conservation Officers, Air Evac and Channel 6 News performed an air search, Cloverdale Fire Department searched the nearby areas by all terrain vehicles and Reelsville Fire Department monitored the stream flow at several bridges along the creek.

Officials will continue to monitor stream flow over the next 24 hours in hopes conditions improve and the search can continue.

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our heart and prayers go out to this man and his family.

Please keep us informed.

-- Posted by carebuttonbroke on Thu, Apr 21, 2011, at 8:38 AM

i have a concern, if anyone can help. I'm not a kayak kind of a person but dont u check weather before going out? like i said before everyone starts slamming. I dont do this sport (kayaking)

-- Posted by carebuttonbroke on Thu, Apr 21, 2011, at 9:06 AM

It's my understanding (and I could be wrong .. I don't Kayak either) that some enjoy "extreme" kayaking .. which may have been the instance in this case.

I hope he's found and is safe. I know any creek is dangerous after a heavy rain.

My prayers go out to this man and his family as well.

-- Posted by Emmes on Thu, Apr 21, 2011, at 10:43 AM

What ever happened to this poor man? Did the search ever resume or are the authorites waiting for the waters to recede? Update please!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Wed, Apr 27, 2011, at 11:35 AM

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