Kentucky State Police opened a missing person investigation in Pikeville for Paris Smith, 47, of Joes Creek in Pikeville, Thursday. The KSP reported Smith was reported missing after going kayaking in the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River at approximately 10 p.m. on May 22. The group of people kayaking with Smith became separated, the KSP reported. 

A search was initiated Wednesday, and as of 3 p.m., Smith had not been found.

Several emergency and rescue agencies joined the search for Smith.

The area of the search starts at the boat ramp behind the Texas Roadhouse restaurant in Pikeville and continues north toward the Floyd County line.

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