Crews continue to search for man who fell into Slippery Rock Creek at McConnells Mill

Witness describes terrifying moments when he saw man fall into water at McConnells Mill

LAWRENCE CO., Pa. — Crews are searching for a man who fell into the water at McConnells Mill State Park in Lawrence County.

According to emergency responders, the call came in around 2:30 p.m. Saturday for a man who fell from a hiking path into Slippery Rock Creek.

Jeffrey Hanby, 38, fell into the creek about 100 yards downstream of a covered bridge, officials said.

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"My body just went into shock realizing what happened and last night i didn’t sleep at all. I tried napping today and i haven’t slept,” said Brandon Kraeer.

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Kraeer says he was getting ready to walk his dog when he saw Hanby fall in from about 40 yards away.

He said he started running after him on the trail, trying to throw him a life vest.

"I followed him all the way probably about half a mile and then all of a sudden he went into a rapid and that was the last time I personally saw him,” Kraeer said.

Brian Flores, the assistant park manager, told Channel 11 dozens of first responders searched for Hanby over the weekend using drones and dogs. They were out again Monday, but now they’re calling it a search and recovery mission.

"No one should ever have to go through that. I can only imagine what his family and everything is going through now. They shouldn't be having to go through any of that,” Kraeer said.

DCNR officials ended their search today at 5 p.m. and they plan to go back out until they find him.