Body found in Flat River

Several police officers and emergency workers, as well as County Coroner Jim Coplin, respond to Flat River after a body was discovered. 

The body of Chris Burtchett was recovered from Flat River in Park Hills Wednesday evening.

Just after 6 p.m. Park Hills Police and Fire Departments responded to the report of a body found in Flat River in the area of Rebel Drive. A child had reportedly discovered the body, which was under the surface. 

About an hour later, the body was removed from the river and placed in a body bag. 

Park Hills Police Chief Richard McFarland initially reported no identification would be made until after the autopsy. However, before 9 p.m. McFarland said family members positively identified the body as 39-year-old Burtchett. An autopsy will be performed. 

On Monday, police officers, firefighters, and a cadaver dog brought in from St. Louis searched the area for Burtchett who has been missing since March 17. They reportedly searched between Elvins Park and Main Street and over to Highway 32 but nothing was found.

Burtchett was last seen in Elvins Park. Witnesses reported that Burtchett was last seen wearing only gray shorts and was reported to be under the influence of a controlled substance. Witnesses said he walked off along the railroad tracks that lead toward downtown near the stream.

Earlier this week his mother Guyann thanked those who searched for her son. 

She said Burtchett has three children ages 20, 10, and 7.

“Chris is going to be a grandfather in September and I’m not even sure he knows it yet,” said Guyann.

Guyann described Chris as intelligent, a good father despite his shortcomings, and was the type of person who would go to any length to help someone if he could.

We will update the story as more information becomes available. 

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