Hazard, Ky. (February 25, 2019) – A bicycle observed by a passing motorist near a river bank in Perry County led to a missing person investigation Sunday afternoon. Kentucky State Police Post 13 received a call from a man advising that he had noticed the bicycle over an embankment off of Highway 550 near Hominy Mill Road close to the North Fork of the Kentucky River. The caller thought he recognized the bike as belonging to someone he was familiar with.
Troopers Adam Baker and Wilson Jones along with Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Officers responded to the scene on Highway 550 across from the old MC Napier High School and Sherman Neace Athletic Center. Personal items located at the scene and information provided by the caller led investigators to believe that the bicycle belongs to Danny “Tin Can” Napier of Darb Fork Road in Perry County. Search efforts along the river were not possible Sunday due to high water levels in the river from recent rains.
With receding river levels, KY Fish and Wildlife officers are conducting a search in the river today for Danny Napier. Danny Napier is described as being 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 175 pounds. He has brown eyes, long brown hair and a long beard. Danny Napier was last seen by family members early Saturday morning at his residence. If anyone has information about Danny “Tin Can” Napier, they are urged to contact KSP Post 13 at 606-435-6069. Tpr. Adam Baker is leading this investigation.