Woman who went over Greencastle Dam found dead

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Associated Press

Posted on May 3, 2014 at 10:07 PM

Updated Saturday, May 3 at 10:07 PM

RICHARDSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The body of a southern Kentucky woman who disappeared after going over the Greencastle Dam in a small motorboat has been found.

Warren County Rescue Department spokeswoman Deborah Williams says the remains of 39-year-old Melissa Trent were found Friday evening and later identified by her father.

Trent was reported missing April 21 to the Warren County Sheriff's Office after being last seen in a small boat near the dam, just before the watercraft topped the dam and capsized in Barren River.

The Daily News reported (http://bit.ly/1fBhzli ) that the other person in the boat, 47-year-old Robert Lynn Tanner, made it to shore and was later arrested on outstanding warrants.

High water levels on the Barren River hindered search efforts.

"It's excruciating to the family when they know their loved one is missing, and it takes days and days to find them," Williams said. "It's not a pleasant experience, but it's something we have experienced before."

Trent has three teenage children — twin 17-year-old daughters and a son who is 14.

Trent's older sister, LeAnn Boyd, said the family often camped when they were little kids. Her brother, Jimmy Keown, said the rescue squad did all it could to find Trent.

"That gave us a little bit of comfort knowing someone was looking for her. We just appreciate every single one of them for looking for her," he said.

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Information from: Daily News, http://www.bgdailynews.com

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