*Monday 11 P.M. UPDATE

WHITLEY COUNTY -- The search for a Woodbine man ended Monday night as rescue crews recovered his body from his submerged vehicle.

Ronnie Bryant, 74, had gone missing Thursday night as flooding devastated the area. Bryant's body was recovered about 10:35 p.m. Monday after days of family, friends and local agencies searching for him.

Whitley County Emergency Management Director Danny Moses and search crews spent Friday morning with Woodbine Rescue on a boat out on KY 779 near KY 11 looking for Bryant.

Monday evening, crews headed out again to that location with sonar. Rescue crews had been waiting on water levels to drop, and in the in between had spent some time searching embankments.

The search crew arrived about 6 p.m. Monday and located his vehicle about 6:15 p.m., Moses said. 

Christina Bryant, of Cincinnati, the daughter of Ronnie Bryant, said she and other family members had been in Whitley County all weekend searching for her father.

Kentucky State Police, Post 10 Harlan received a call at 12:47 a.m. Friday about Bryant. According to KSP, he left his residence on Rapier Hollow in Woodbine at 8:45 p.m. Thursday. He was a night security guard and never made it to the mining site off of KY 92 East. Bryant was supposed to be at work at 10 p.m. Thursday.

Christina told the Times-Tribune that her father was born in Somerset, moved to Ohio for a while and has lived in Whitley County for over 30 years. Bryant was a talker, according to Christina, one who never met a stranger.

"He liked to stop and talk to people," said Christina. "He liked to try new foods and get food for work."

With that in mind, Christina said she went to Walmart and Kroger looking for him and searching for leads. Nothing turned up. 

"We've been out everyday on every route," said Christina, admitting she knew Monday afternoon that it was likely a recovery effort at that point. Christina knew her father wouldn't go without communicating with their family for days like that.

Christina said she appreciates the community members who contacted her and helped in the search efforts.

"The people down here have been amazing," she said.

Woodbine and Laurel County Rescue Squads, KSP Posts 9 and 11, Whitley County Sheriff's Office, Jerry Rains with Kentucky Emergency Management, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife and Whitley County Coroner Andy Croley were all on scene to assist with the recovery efforts.

*UPDATE

Whitley County EMA Director Danny Moses said crews were heading out Monday evening to continue to search for a missing Woodbine man.

Moses said the crews were waiting for the water to recede some before taking a boat out and using sonar to try to locate Ronnie Bryant, 74, who has been missing since Thursday night.

This story will be updated.

WOODBINE – Kentucky State Police, Post 10 Harlan and local officials are searching for a Woodbine man that left his residence Thursday night to go to work on KY 92 East in Whitley County, but he never arrived at that location.

Kentucky State Police, Post 10 Harlan received a call at 12:47 a.m. Friday about Ronnie Bryant, 74, of Woodbine who left his residence on Rapier Hollow in Woodbine at 8:45 p.m. Thursday. Bryant is a night security guard who never made it to the mining site off of KY 92 East in Whitley County. Bryant was supposed to be at work at 10 p.m. Thursday.

Whitley County Emergency Management Director Danny Moses said that the search crew had just ended a search at noon Friday after looking since 8 a.m. Moses was with Woodbine Rescue who had their boat out on KY 779 near KY 11 in Whitley County. The crew is now going to start looking over embankments.

"We had checked the crossroads on 779 where everyone usually gets stuck," Moses said. “If a car went in where we were, it would be submerged and we wouldn’t be able to find anything right now till the water recedes.”

Kentucky State Police has attempted to locate Bryant, KSP said in a release Friday morning. Due to the high water on the normal routes that Bryant travels, KSP hasn’t been able to locate him. Troopers have attempted to locate him on other routes and have been unsuccessful as well, the press release continued.

Bryant is operating a 2012 silver Nissan Murano. He was last seen wearing a Storm Security shirt. He is 5foot, 10 inches tall, 240 pounds, hazel eyes, mustache, and gray hair. He is believed to be in the Whitley County area.

According to family members, Bryant is a diabetic with other health issues including heart medication.

KSP along with Whitley County Emergency Management is currently conducting a search at this time to locate Bryant. Anyone with any information is urged to contact your local law enforcement. You can also contact Post 10 Harlan at 606-573-3131.

“It’s very dangerous out here, we’ve had at least three cars submerged,” Moses said Friday afternoon.

Moses also worked water rescues Thursday night with the Whitley County Sheriff's Department. He said multiple agencies are working together to locate Bryant.

Staff Writer Angela Turner contributed to this article.

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