Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Missing 5-year-old found dead in lake

The Associated Press

MONTICELLO, Ky. - A missing 5-year-old boy who suffered from asthma was found dead in Lake Cumberland Monday evening, state police said.

Jonathan Hicks was found about 6:30 p.m. by a neighbor of his parents, Bobby and Jewell Hicks, said Kentucky State Police Trooper Craig Sutton. The couple had reported their son missing at 9 p.m. Sunday.

"He was supposed to be at the residence when he was noticed missing," Sutton said. "There's no indication of any kind of abduction."

Sutton said an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death, but authorities do not suspect foul play.

Paramedics, fire and rescue personnel from Wayne and Pulaski counties, sheriff's departments from both counties and Kentucky state police were involved in the search.

The Hicks' home is 12 miles north of Monticello and about 500 yards from Lake Cumberland.

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