Search underway for missing LaRue man

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Search parties gathered off Ky. 84 Thursday morning as efforts to find missing Hodgenville man Michael Key enter week five.


Michael Key, 31, was reportedly last seen on Wayne Ennis Road in Howardstown on Dec. 13.

He was not reported missing until Dec. 16. His truck was found parked in the Rolling Fork River on a gravel bar, with personal items still inside.

The road was a starting point for Thursday's search teams, who canvassed the river bank on foot from Howardstown to New Haven.

“We’ve got a lot of ground to cover,” LaRue County Sheriff Russell McCoy said.

McCoy and other law enforcement were there Thursday in case something was found, even borrowing a mobile command center from Hardin County.

The search, however, was led by Buffalo firefighter Craig Wright, who knows Key.

Many emergency personnel in the area are familiar with Key, who has served as a LaRue County dispatcher, an EMT and a firefighter.

To date, efforts have not revealed any clues as to where Key might be, or exactly what happened to him.

McCoy did say a weapon belonging to Key was found in the river, but foul play is not suspected and the case is still being treated as a search for a missing person.

Key is described as a white male, 5 feet 5 inches tall, medium build, brown hair, green eyes and weighs about 145 pounds. He also has a tattoo on his chest and left wrist. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Key, call the LaRue County Sheriff’s Department at (270) 358-3120.