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New search planned for missing man

By Greg Bird

McCreary County Sheriff Randy Waters will be conducting another search this Saturday in hopes of locating 35-year-old Darren Kidd, who has been missing since January 4.
The ground search will commence around 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning. Anyone wishing to participate is asked to meet at the Bethel Church near Kidd School Road that morning.
The search is the latest of several attempts to locate the missing man.
“This is still a very open and active investigation,” Sheriff Waters said Monday. “I have conducted dozens of interviews with practically anyone connected with Mr. Kidd at the time he went missing. We have had five individuals take a poylgraph test, and each one of them has passed.”
The McCreary County Sheriff’s Department, KSP, volunteer fire departments and members of the public have participated in several searches in the area, but have not found any clues to the possible location of Kidd. The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department assisted in an aerial search with their helicopter earlier this month, as well as assistance from a professional search team with a specially trained tracking dog.
Sheriff Waters said he is enlisting additional outside agencies to help with further searches and investigations.
The friends and family of Darren Kidd are organizing a candlelight vigil and balloon launch on Friday, March 2nd at 7:00 at the McCreary County Courthouse to raise awareness of the missing man.
Kidd has been missing since January 4 when he was reportedly last seen around 3:00 p.m. on Kidd School House Road. He was reported missing by his family and girlfriend, initiating a desperate search as rain and freezing temperatures blanketed the area.
Kidd is described as approximately 5’8” tall, 190 pounds with hazel eyes and dark colored hair. He was last seen wearing camouflage pajama bottoms, a dark colored zip-up hoodie and black boots with a yellow stripe.
Identifying marks include: a tribal tattoo on his right upper shoulder, a dragon tattoo on his right forearm, a star tattoo on his left arm, “Kidd” in old English script on his back and a joker playing card with Joni written under it on his left calf.
Anyone with information regarding Darren Kidd is asked to contact 911 or the McCreary County Sheriff’s Office.

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