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Missing Boy’s Body Found Sunday In Dan River

The search for a five-year-old Sutherlin child who went missing after a boating accident one week ago ended sadly Sunday morning, according to Capt. M. V. Carter of the Danville Police Department.

The body of Kolton Brim Karnes was found at 7:47 a.m. Sunday floating in the Dan River, Carter said.

Conservation police officers with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries located the child’s body approximately 100 yards upstream from the Route 29 Bypass within the Danville city limits, Carter added.

Danville Emergency Services personnel responded to a boating accident early Monday afternoon, April 12, after a fishing boat capsized throwing the occupants, Kolton Karnes of 313 Rodgers Road, Sutherlin and his father, into the water.

At 1:21 p.m. Monday afternoon the Emergency Operations Center in Danville received a 911 call reporting a boat had capsized in the Dan River behind the Danville Utilities Department property on Monument Street. A dam runs the length of the river from the Danville Utilities Department property and extends to the walking trail in Dan Daniel Park. A fishing boat turned over at the base of the waterfall, throwing Kolton Karnes and his father into the water, the 911 call stated.

According to Carter, two bystanders were in the park, saw the man frantically trying to get his son out of the water, and immediately rushed into the water to assist. The current at the base of the falls was extremely turbulent and ripped the child out of his life vest and out of the arms of at least one of the men as it carried all of them under. Despite their efforts they were unable to get the boy out of the water, Carter said.

Kolton Karnes’ body was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke for examination later Sunday, the captain said.

Danville police expressed gratitude to the many agencies, businesses, private citizens and volunteers who supported the search effort throughout last week.

• In other law enforcement matters, Halifax County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating two larcenies in the Sutherlin area, according to Sheriff Stanley Noblin.

Michelle Parker of Jeremy Creek Road reported someone stole a red Troy-Bilt riding lawn mower from behind her house during the early part of last week, Noblin said.

Sgt. T. C. Spencer is the investigating officer.

A large twin-tank air compressor was stolen from the Hackberry Road property of Daniel Zappala sometime over the past few days, the sheriff said.
Deputy J. M. Burton is investigating.

• A 49-year-old Nathalie man is facing a misdemeanor assault charge, according to sheriff’s office records.

Lewis Earl Miller of Bradley Creek Road was charged with misdemeanor assault and battery of a family or household member.

That offense allegedly occurred Saturday, and Deputy Burton served the warrant the same day.

Burton also served a capias warrant Saturday on Miller issued by Halifax County Circuit Court alleging Miller violated the conditions of his probation as ordered by the court on Oct. 24, 2000.

•  Julie Tucker, 52, Philpott Highway, Alton, was charged with misdemeanor assault by threat.

The offense allegedly occurred Friday, and Sgt. D. H. Barksdale served the warrant Saturday.

•  Shatece Breedlove, 24, Spencer Lane, Halifax, was served a capias for failure to appear in Halifax County General District Court on March 19.
Officer C. J. Stone of the Danville Police Department served the capias Friday night.