Harlan County Rescue Squad Capt. Chris Allen found the body of Forester Bowling Jr. on Thursday.
Kentucky State Police Sgt. Jeremy Lee said he requested the assistance of the Harlan County Rescue Squad on Thursday to help in the search of Bowling, 41, of Baxter, who was recently reported missing. Bowling’s family told police that he had been missing since May 9.
Bowling’s vehicle was located off of KY 2009 at Bledsoe on Wednesday.
According to a press release, Bowling was seen leaving his residence on KY 840 in Baxter.
KSP Public Affairs Officer Shane Jacobs said the Kentucky State Police was actively working a missing person investigation.
Jacobs said Forester left in a black Chevrolet S-10 4x4 pickup truck at approximately 4:30 a.m. by himself on May 9.
Bowling had not been seen or heard from since leaving his residence.
The state police requested the assistance of the Bell County Forestry Camp’s searching dogs, also known as blood hounds, on Wednesday to search the area where Forester’s truck was located.
Lee said no foul play is suspected in the death of Bowling.
Harlan County Deputy Coroner Jim Rich said the man’s body will be sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.