Body of missing Rowan County boy found

The 9-year-old fell into a storm drain while playing with a friend

Body of missing Rowan County boy found
A photo of 9-year-old Bryce Combs and a letter written by his mother.

ROWAN COUNTY, KY (WAVE) - The body of a 9-year-old boy who was swept away a week ago in a flooded storm drain has been found in an Eastern Kentucky creek.

He was recovered around 1 p.m. this afternoon along Triplett Creek in Clearfield, Kentucky.

Bryce Combs was swept away by floodwaters on September 9 in the backyard of a neighbor’s home in Rowan County.

Hundreds of volunteers had helped search for the boy for the past week.

The search for the child began last Sunday, September 10, around 8 p.m. Severe storms had caused roads and creeks to flood, complicating search efforts.

Rowan County officials said last week that Bryce was playing with a friend, a 12-year-old, when he fell into a culvert during heavy rain. The culvert rushed towards the drain because of the rain and flooding. The 12-year-old was able to get out. The storm drain feeds into Tripplett Creek.

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