A missing person along Little Blue River has been found safely
According to Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, on May 31, 2019 at 5:48 p.m. the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by a concerned family member who reported their father, Alan Mathews of Fairbury, had went kayaking on the Little Blue River and had left the Highway 15 Bridge south of Fairbury at approximately 6:00 a.m. and Mathes had not called to be picked up in Marysville Kansas. It was reported that Mathews had also missed his 3:00 p.m. work shift. An attempt to reach Mathews by cell phone was unsuccessful as the phone was turned off. A ping of Matthews cell phone showed the last location the cell phone was operable was 9 miles east of Fairbury on the Little Blue River.
Due to the strong current of the river, there were concerns that Mathews had possibly encountered an unknown emergency situation. Search and Rescue efforts were coordinated with the Fairbury Rural Fire Department, Nebraska State Patrol Air Division, Nebraska Game and Parks, Washington County Kansas Sheriff’s Office, Marshal County Kansas Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson County District 33 Ambulance Department, and the Jefferson County Communications Center Dispatchers. An airboat assisted in patrolling the river while the Nebraska State Patrol Air Division searched the river by air.
At 7:42 p.m. the Nebraska State Patrol Air Division located Mathews on the river bank in Hanover Kansas. A Deputy with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the scene, along with the Washington County Ambulance. Mathews was reported to be uninjured.