Bodies of 3 missing Amish children found

February 25, 2011 3:57:39 AM PST
Authorities found the bodies of three Amish children early Friday who were swept away in a creek swollen by heavy rains in southwestern Kentucky and continued searching for another child. A married couple along with seven children were trying to cross the creek Thursday on a roadway in their horse-drawn buggy when it overturned knocking them into the water, Graves County Sheriff Dewayne Redmon said. The couple and three of the children escaped but four other children under age 12 were swept away.

The bodies of three of the children -- including a 6-month-old -- were found Friday around 12:30 a.m., Redmon said. Authorities continued searching for the fourth child, an 11-year-old girl, he said.

About 75 to 100 law enforcers, firefighters and volunteers were taking part in the search Friday, Redmon said. Some were searching along the creek and others took to the water in boats.

The area is a sparsely populated farming community in far western Kentucky, about 25 miles south of Paducah.

Torrential rains drenched parts of Kentucky and other states Thursday night.