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.