Body pulled from river at Greenwood Boat Ramp, identity released


by WHAS11

Posted on July 23, 2012 at 7:48 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 23 at 9:41 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The body pulled from the Ohio River has been identified as that of a teenager who went missing while swimming.

Police were called out early Monday morning to the Greenwood Boat Ramp off Cane Run Road when one of three friends swimming near the ramp disappeared.

Rescue crews searched the area for several hours and recovered a body from the river about half a mile from the ramp around 6:50 a.m. The coroner identified the body as that of 18-year-old Jacari Redd and said her initial findings are Redd's death is consistent with drowning.

Redd's girlfriend spoke to WHAS11 News, in hopes of honoring his life. Kelsey Grasch described Redd as bubbly.

“Every single day he cheers me up and everyone around me up. He’s just very bubbly and he can turn a frown into a smile from everybody,” Grasch said.

Grasch said around 2 a.m. she received a call from Redd’s friends telling her Redd disappeared. She was on the phone with detectives when the LMPD Dive team pulled her boyfriend’s body out of the Ohio River.

“They said that they had him. I pretty much went crazy from there,” Grasch said.

Grasch tells WHAS11 Redd was an only child, and he just graduated from Pleasure Ridge Park High School. She said he planned on going to college in the fall and wanted to major in art.

“It’s hard knowing you can’t talk to him. You can’t say goodbye to him. You can’t say final words that you want to say to him,” Redd's friend Allie Russell said.

A candle light vigil will be held Monday night in Redd’s honor at 9:30pm at 1714 S. Wheatmore Drive.