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Search Ends For Teen Missing In Neuse River

The recovery efforts for the body of a Pamlico County teenager have been suspended.

Authorities believe Anthony Badger drowned in the Neuse River on Sunday.

Efforts to recover the 17-year-old's body ended Tuesday night. Authorities say the Marine Corps helicopter PEDRO will make daily fly-overs in the area.

Authorities says Badger was swimming with his friends Kevin Conway, also of Oriental, and John Bullard of Havelock.

County fire marshal David Spruilll says the teen was in the water with no life vest and tried to hold on to Conway, who along with Bullard, was wearing a life vest.

"Conway grabbed on to the jet ski and when he looked back Badger was gone", said Spruill.


Recovery efforts for the body of a missing Pamlico County teenager resumed Monday morning in the Neuse River.

Anthony Badger of Oriental is presumed to have drowned Sunday after he and two friends decided to go swimming.

More than a dozen members of Badger's family watched and waited on the riverside as crews continued their search.

Badger's father, Anthony Sr. said he is holding out hope. "I want to see him, I just want to see him, I hope they find him I just want to see him I miss him."

Authorities says Badger was swimming with his friends Kevin Conway, also of Oriental, and John Bullard of Havelock.

County fire marshal David Spruilll says the teen was in the water with no life vest and tried to hold on to Conway, who along with Bullard, was wearing a life vest.

"It became a case of survival because Badger panicked and began to pull on Conway and he almost went underwater as well."

"Conway grabbed on to the jet ski and when he looked back Badger was gone", said Spruill.


Pamlico County authorities now say rescue efforts for a missing teenager in the Neuse River are over. Fire Marshal and EMS director David Spruill says they're now in "recovery mode." The search continues Monday morning.

Spruill says the missing teen is 17-year-old Anthony Badger, Jr. of Oriental. He was swimming with his friends Kevin Conway, also of Oriental, and John Bullard of Havelock.

Spruilll says Badger was in the water with no life vest and tried to hold on to Conway who along with Bullard was wearing life vests.

"It became a case of survival because Badger panicked and began to pull on Conway and he almost went underwater as well."

"Conway grabbed on to the jet ski and when he looked back Badger was gone", said Spruill.


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A search is on in Pamlico County waters at this hour for a missing young man.

Crews are searching the water off Oriental.

Officials say a teenager, believed to be age 17 or 18, was reported missing about 6:00 a.m. this morning.

A pastor who witnessed the search reported to WITN a Marine Corps PEDRO helicopter and a Coast Guard helicopter are being used in the search, along with boats from Pamlico rescue, Arapahoe fire and Cherry Point fire departments.

The Coast Guard says the teen and two others were jet skiing and swimming Sunday morning before 7:00 a.m. when the teen went under.

Below is a news release sent out just after 11 a.m. from the Coast Guard:

ORIENTAL, N.C. - The Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Pamlico County Sheriff are searching for a missing teen Sunday morning in the Neuse River near Oriental.

Pamlico 911 notified the Coast Guard at 6:30 a.m. Sunday that three teenagers had gone out on a jet ski and only two were wearing life jackets. They began swimming and the boy without the life jacket began to struggle. One of the teenagers headed for the jet ski while the other tried to get a life jacket to him. The struggling teen went under before he could get the life jacket and did not resurface.

A Station Hobucken rescue boat crew continues searching with a Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point HH-46E Pedro helicopter crew and the Pamlico County Sheriff marine patrol boat crew. A Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City MH-60J Jayhawk helicopter crew conducted a search before being relieved by the Marine Corps.


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