On September 18, 2018, at approximately 1:30 p.m., the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department responded to the Brookport Bridge after a 911 call reported a body in the water.
The Brookport Bridge was shut down for approximately an hour and a half while law enforcement and first responders searched for and recovered the body.
The McCracken County Sheriff’s Office and the McCracken County Coroner’s Office investigated the incident and put out a request for anyone with information regarding a missing person within the past month to contact the McCracken County Sheriff’s Office.
An autopsy was conducted as part of the ongoing investigation and it was determined that the body that was recovered was not that of Steven Burks, the Owensboro fisherman that was declared missing Sept. 9 after a boating accident near the Newburgh Dam.
Detective Ryan Norman said that, according to the coroner and medical examiner, there were several identifiers used to determine whether or not it was Burks. The main identifier he said were tattoos, as Burks had several tattoos and the person that was recovered in the river did not have any.
“It’s definitively not Mr. Burks,” Norman said.
Burks has now been missing for 15 days. Just four days ago the Fordsville Fire Department posted on their Facebook page that there was still an active search and recovery effort going on at the Newburg Dam for Burks.
“The next 2 days are critical with river levels being low and rain moving in,” FFD said.