Missing Wickliffe man found near J. Johnson Rd east of Barlow

Kelly Paul, AY Editor

Missing Wickliffe man found near J. Johnson Rd east of Barlow

Barlow – According to a press release, at approximately 10:30 am on Sunday, December 22, 2013, the Ballard County Sheriff’s Department received a missing persons report for Gary L. Sullivan of Wickliffe, KY. The Ballard County Sheriff’s Department and Ballard County Emergency Management began an investigation to determine 54 year old Sullivan’s whereabouts. 

Around noon, Sullivan’s car was found in a creek on J. Johnson Rd east of Barlow. The car appeared to have been taken to the creek by swift water. A ground search was established to look for Sullivan and J. Johnson Rd was completely shut down during the search and recovery efforts. Sullivan’s body was located about an eighth of a mile from his car at approximately 2 pm.

At the time of the press release, the cause of death was unknown. It is believed that his death is linked to the flash flooding that occurred on Saturday, December 21, 2013. It is estimated that his death occurred between 6 and 10 pm on Saturday. 

The investigation has been turned over to the Ballard County Coroner’s Office. The Ballard County Sheriff’s Department, Ballard County Emergency Management, Ballard County Rescue Squad and Barlow Fire Department all responded.