"Police did not report any progress after a brutally hot day of searching Thursday for a missing 20-year-old college student.
Franklin’s Michael Doherty, a Duke University junior, has been missing since he left a Phyllis Lane house party at around 1:30 a.m. Sunday.
Franklin Police Deputy Chief James Mill said the day’s search was focused around the use of K9 dogs and searchers on the water. With the heat, he said, fewer ground units were being used, and those involved were given frequent breaks.
Though a one-mile radius around Doherty’s last-known position had been searched, Mill said, certain locations had been identified for further scrutiny, either because clues (such as Doherty’s shirt and shoes, found on previous days) had been discovered there, or because of their difficult terrain. According to Mill, Mine Brook - the marshy body of water at the center of search efforts - varies widely in its depth, and is unpredictable."
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