Search continues for missing man

Mary Ann Kearns - [email protected]
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Police continue to search for a Maysville man who was reported missing last month, Assistant Maysville Police Chief Mike Palmer said Thursday.

Daniel Cooper, 27, was reported missing by his mother in late October after he failed to contact her for about two weeks, police said. It was uncommon for her not to hear from her son for that length of time, according to Maysville Police Chief Jared Muse.

“She was concerned something has happened to him,” Muse said.

Compounding his mother’s fear is the fact that another son was a victim of a drug overdose several years ago.

Ryan Cooper died in July 2012. He was 21 at the time. His body was discovered in a grassy area along Kentucky 8 near the William Harsha Bridge, west of Maysville. Three people were charged in connection with his death from a heroin overdose.

Detectives have been working to locate Daniel Cooper, concentrating on areas his mother said he frequented like Limestone Landing and Dover. Muse said he may have been living along the riverbank but so far detectives have found no evidence of his whereabouts and no reports from acquaintances.

“We’ve not had any significant response from anyone in the community,” Muse said late last month.

Police have also reached out to hospitals throughout the area but there is no indication he has been treated at any of the facilities, he said.

Palmer said MPD detectives were in the Newport/Covington area this week as part of the investigation and spoke with a woman who operates a soup kitchen that helps feed the homeless. The woman said she believes Cooper has visited the facility at some point. Others say he has been spotted in the Covington area, Palmer said.

Daniel Cooper is a white male, approximately 5-feet, 9-inches tall. He weighs about 155 pounds. He has red hair and normally has a mustache and goatee. He is known to have some “issues” of his own, Muse said.

Cooper is known by Maysville Police and was arrested and lodged in the Mason County Detention Center on Sept. 30 on a disorderly conduct charge. He was released the next day, according to MCDC records.

Police are seeking the public’s help in locating Daniel Cooper.

Police are also checking to see if Daniel Cooper has maintained a social media presence and if so if there has been any activity on his accounts.

Both Palmer and Muse remain optimistic that Daniel Cooper will be located.

“It’s just a matter of time before we figure out what’s going one,” Muse said. “Hopefully we find him and hopefully he’s OK.”

Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Daniel Cooper is asked to call the Maysville Police Department at 606-564-9411 and ask for Detectives Chris Conley, T.C. Rice or Adam Burns.


Mary Ann Kearns

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