DECEMBER 19, 2015
Deputies ‘confident’ there is some type of human remains in Milo Lake
Local residents in Martin County are still out searching for 37-year old William Scott “Scottie” Fannin who went missing more than one week ago.
Family members are now offering a $1,000 reward for information leading them to his whereabouts.
Scottie Fannin went missing last Thursday, December 10. He was last seen near Martin County Lake just a quarter of a mile from his home at Milo in Martin County, Kentucky.
From divers to dogs, search crews are using everything to try and find him.
Cadaver dogs were brought in to assist in the search for the missing man and they apparently ‘hit’ on something in Milo Lake, also known as Martin County Lake, according to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office.
A dive team was brought in Wednesday morning where the divers entered Milo Lake searching for Fannin to search an area at the back of the lake near a dock where the “hit” was made.
Martin deputies and family members have struggled to figure out what happened. “We just don’t know what happened to him, he just disappeared from out there at that store and nobody knows nothing,” says Fannin’s stepmom, Carole Fannin.
“I’m afraid, its just been too long,” stated Carole Fannin. “It’s hard to sleep, knowing he’s out there and he’s cold. We just pray, if someone knows something they’ll tell us.”
“We haven’t found anything – nothing,” said Larry Fannin, who is Scottie’s cousin. “You don’t want to find him, in a way. You want him to come back home alive. It’s rough.”
Family members say Fannin was last seen walking down Fannin Market Lane near his home Thursday December 10, around four o’clock that afternoon.
Beginning Tuesday morning, more than two dozen volunteers have been combing the woods and dragging Martin County Lake, looking for any sign of Fannin’s presence.
With no footprints to follow or a witness to tell them where he went next, deputies decided to search the mountain and lake near his home Tuesday.
Tuesday night three cadaver dogs gave investigators their first lead in days.
“All three dogs seemed to indicate pretty good that there could possibly be a body or something of that sort in the water,” according to Martin County Deputy Jerry Todd.
Once they heard divers would be searching the lake, Fannin’s family members hoped they would not find his body there. “It terrified me, I didn’t sleep none I’m just worried that he could be because he’s supposed to be the only one missing in Martin County,” said Carole Fannin.
The search divers entered Milo Lake a little after ten, Wednesday morning, but as of late Wednesday afternoon, there was still no sign of Fannin. The search for Fannin was called off around four Wednesday afternoon. Martin County deputies say they are now pumping water out of the lake to give divers access to other areas.
That development left Fannin’s family members thankful he wasn’t found in the lake but there was still search going on to find him.
But by Thursday afternoon, law enforcement and search officials were increasingly confident that were was some type of human remains in the lake.