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Search scaled back for doctor missing in Kentucky

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J.P. Lyles went missing Wednesday afternoon at Canal Campground. (Source: Livingston County EMA) J.P. Lyles went missing Wednesday afternoon at Canal Campground. (Source: Livingston County EMA)
60-year-old Dr. J.P. Lyles was last seen at the Canal Campground around noon Wednesday (Source: Mollie Lair, KFVS). 60-year-old Dr. J.P. Lyles was last seen at the Canal Campground around noon Wednesday (Source: Mollie Lair, KFVS).
Authorities said they've scaled back the search (Mollie Lair, KFVS). Authorities said they've scaled back the search (Mollie Lair, KFVS).

GRAND RIVERS, Ky. (KFVS/AP) - Officials have scaled back a search for a doctor who wandered away from his western Kentucky home after three days searching without turning up any sign of him.

Livingston County Emergency Management Deputy Director Kenny Vincent says crews have searched 3,764 square acres and 12 miles of shoreline twice between Thursday and Friday in an attempt to find 60-year-old John P. Lyles. 

Lyles left his home in Grand Rivers on Wednesday without medication that Vincent described as "extremely important" to his health.

Vincent told The Paducah Sun (http://bit.ly/1m2RUmz ) the search resumed Saturday, but was limited to emergency responders. Volunteers were asked not to join.

Vincent says they still have certified searchers searching in key locations.

He says he's focusing more into investigative efforts and plans on questioning people of interest that may have information that could lead to the finding of Dr. J.P. Lyles.

Vincent says that Lyles frequently carried around a black and stainless steel cup when walking.

He also says if any one out in the lakes area it surrounding area sees this cup or any items that look suspicious to call authorities.

Vincent is hopeful the high amount of traffic around Lake Barkley, Kentucky Lake and area waterways over the weekend will aid in the search for Lyles.

Copyright 2014 KFVS. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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