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Remains of Rhome officer recovered; Sergeant found in Kentucky lake

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, October 17, 2018
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After six days of searching, rescue squads from Boone County and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Sunday recovered the body of a Rhome officer that went missing in Lake Cumberland Oct. 9.

Sgt. Robin Adair

Shortly after 5:30 p.m., the remains of Sgt. Robin Adair, 61, were pulled from the lake. Boone County Search and Rescue used a remote controlled vehicle with a mounted camera to find Adair’s body in 125 feet of water.

“They were able to secure him with that vehicle and bring him to the surface,” said Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources spokesman David Baker.

Baker said officers showed a lot of empathy during the challenging rescue efforts, knowing it was a fellow member of the law enforcement community.

Adair’s body was taken to the Russell County coroner’s office for an autopsy. No foul play is suspected.

Adair was at the large lake in Southern Kentucky on vacation with his wife. He went for a swim around 10 a.m. off their houseboat. His wife told officials that she saw him go under but never resurface. Adair was not wearing a life preserver.

Adair worked in law enforcement for 25 years, spending the past nine years at Rhome.

Last week when Adair went missing, Rhome Police Chief Sam Love said, “he was one of the guys that never met a stranger. He liked everyone he met and was always upbeat and happy.

“It’ll leave a big gap in the community. It’ll be hard to find someone to fill his shoes.”

Adair lived in Millsap in Parker County.

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