Child drowns in Rolling Fork

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The Rolling Fork River claimed the life of a 10-year-old boy in New Haven over the Memorial Day weekend.

Coroner Field Houghlin identified the victim as Spencer Ryan Dugger of New Haven, son of Mary Garner and Travis Dugger.

He is also the great-nephew of Nelson County Jailer Dorcas Figg, Mrs. Garner’s aunt.

Houghlin said Dugger's was recovered from the river near the New Haven boat dock. His body was sent to the state medical examiner for an autopsy as required by Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, and results won’t be available for about six weeks, but Houghlin said the cause of death was accidental drowning.

KDFWR Officers Ben Fisher and Rodney Milburn were handling the investigation.

Mark Marraccini, a spokesman for KDFWR, said Tuesday the boy was wading or swimming in the river with his sister when he disappeared, and she went to get help.

He was found about 40-50 minutes later, at 5:18 p.m.

New Haven Police Chief K.C. Holbert and Nelson County Deputy Sheriff Dennis Wells were also on the scene during the investigation.

Bardstown Fire Chief Billy Mattingly reported the department’s water rescue team had recovered the boy’s body with the help of Nelson County Fire and Rescue, New Hope and Rolling Fork Fire Departments and a civilian.

Nelson County EMS and the Kentucky State Police also responded.

There will be a candlelight vigil to honor Spencer Friday night at 8 p.m. The vigil will be held at New Haven School.