HUNTINGTON, W.Va. –– After searching a remote pond in neighboring Kentucky for a week, Huntington Police Chief Ray Cornwell did not indicate if authorities were any closer to locating a missing infant from the region.
The pond was searched by law enforcement from several agencies on property in Carter County, Kentucky owned by Shannon Overstreet, 38, the father of three month old baby Angel Overstreet. Angel hasn’t been seen since early May.
“According to him the child was taken by some folks from Child Protective Services in West Virginia. We have yet to locate anyone from Child Protective Services from West Virginia, Kentucky, or Ohio and locate anyone who may have taken custody of the child,” said Cornwell on MetroNews Talkline Monday.
The search last week of the pond on the father’s property was part of the investigation process according to Cornwell.
“Anything collected in that search will have to be analyzed for any evidential value. There’s no smoking gun we’re looking for there, it’s just part of the process of completing a thorough and comprehensive investigation,” the chief added.
Overstreet is behind bars on a charge of malicious wounding. The charges are unrelated to the missing child’s case. Cornwell refused to call Overstreet a suspect or a person of interest in the cases. He also indicated there’s always hope they’ll find the child alive and well.
“Best case scenario is the child is with an obscure friend or family member who for whatever reason hasn’t come forward yet. That’s about all we can say at this point. we’re hoping to locate the child alive,” he said.