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Missing Elizabethtown man found after search efforts

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Holmberg expected to be released from HMH on Thursday evening

By Amber Coulter

Search and rescue efforts helped authorities in West Point find an Elizabethtown man who is part of a newly formed volunteer search and rescue team.

Elizabethtown resident Drew Holmberg was reported to West Point police as missing and possibly injured at about 1:30 a.m. Thursday after he and his brother were fishing in the Ohio River area, West Point Police Chief Butch Curl said.

Holmberg said he was going to take a walk and his brother didn’t see where he went. Holmberg’s brother called for him once and got an answer. He called out again later and this time, no answer. When he couldn’t find his brother, he called police.

The West Point Police Department, West Point Fire Department and Hardin County Sheriff’s Office looked for the man with flashlights while a helicopter from the Louisville Metro Police Department searched the area.

Holmberg was discovered at the edge of the Ohio River at about 4 a.m. with his feet in the water. He was cold and injured from falling down an embankment to the water’s edge, Curl said.

Holmberg was transported by Hardin County EMS to Hardin Memorial Hospital and was expected to return home Thursday evening, according to Laurie Jaggers, training officer with the Hardin County Search and Rescue Team.

Jaggers, a White Mills resident, said the volunteer team of community members to which she and Holmberg belong had been training to help in just such a scenario two days before the incident. The team is new and still trying to remind law enforcement agencies of its existence. It was not called upon to help during the search for Holmberg, she said.

Team members found out about the incident after their friend was taken to the hospital. They hope to be part of rescue efforts if a similar situation ever happens again, Jaggers said.

“We wish we could have been there for Drew,” she said Thursday afternoon.

Amber Coulter can be reached at (270) 505-1746 or acoulter@thenewsenterprise.com.