- Posted February 13, 2012 by
Indiana Teen Still Missing, Search Continues
It's been more than two months since 19 year old Clinton Hamilton, Of Bicknell, Indiana went missing. In the early morning hours of December 11th, Hamilton’s truck stalled in high water west of Emison, Indiana prompting a large search effort. Hamilton’s truck was found stuck along County Road 200 West. The truck was locked and there was no sign of Hamilton.
Indiana Conservation Officers focused their efforts on searching 2 large flooded drainage ditches along the road Hamilton’s truck stalled out on. Rising flood water, ice, and poor weather conditions hampered the search efforts but the search continued.“The Conservation Officers actually had to change locations on where they launched their boats 3 different times. At one point they were launching their boats in a drainage ditch, and navigating about a mile downstream to get to the location.”
The Conservation Officers implemented Side Scan Sonar, as well as other recovery techniques but with no success in locating Hamilton.Hamilton’s jacket was recovered from the ditch, along with a pair of sun glasses, and cell phone.As the water receded, it was determined Hamilton was not in the flood water.“The water in the ditches receded enough, where the divers could get in the ditch and walk along. The water eventually receded to a level of about a foot, when the Conservation Officers determined he was not there. At that point, the Conservation Officers exhausted their search efforts, leaving us to search on our own with limited resources. We‘ve enlisted the help of local people that know the area, but we can only do so much.”
Still, family, friends, and volunteers gathered for more ground searches. “We’ve had a few large searches. People lined up on foot, and we would walk a large area, say a field, and check to see if anything had washed up. We’ve also had several ATVs out searching.” However, once again the Wabash River was on the rise. “The last search we did, we were actually run out by the rising water. We searched as long as we could, but the water was eventually too deep to travel and we had to call off the search again."
Now, the water has begun to recede again and more ground searches are planned. "The Wabash River has fallen below flood stage and we are going to get out and search behind the levee and see if anything may have washed up over there. We are planning to search on foot, as well as on ATVs. As the water recedes along C.R. 200 West, We are also planning to search that area again."
-Hamilton is described as 5’11, around 150 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. Any information on Hamilton’s whereabouts should be reported to the Knox County Sheriff’s Department at (812) 882-7660