Drowning Victim's Body Found In Wayne County

The body of a Goldsboro man was pulled from the Neuse River Wednesday morning, three days after he drowned at a state park.

The Division of Parks says Brian Davis' body was found about 200 to 300 yards downstream of where he disappeared Sunday night.

He was positively identified by the family.

Davis was with a group of people hiking through Cliffs of the Neuse State Park Sunday when they decided to swim across the river.

The park system says it continues to investigate the drowning.

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Crews are back out on the Neuse River searching for a possible drowning victim in Wayne County.

The effort is now being called a recovery operation for the body of Brian Davis of Goldsboro.

Crews searched Sunday night without finding anyone in the river at the Cliffs of the Neuse State Park, that's near Seven Springs.

Lawmen say they were called there just before 7 p.m. Sunday. Dive teams, the sheriff's office and other crews responded.

The park system says the 21-year-old man was with a group of seven that hiked into the park yesterday.

Spokesman Charlie Peek says for some reason the group decided to swim across the river and the man went under. Peek says others in the group tried unsuccessfully in getting to Davis.

Peek says all those in the hiking group are from the Goldsboro area.

The park is located 11 miles southeast of Goldsboro on Highway 111.

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  • by Fan Location: Local on May 6, 2009 at 01:14 PM
    Kudos to the Seven Springs Fire Dept personnel and the especially the Chief, ARR-MAC, Wayne Co SO and the State Park personnel for working long hours through mud, rain, mosquitos and tornados to bring this young man back to his family. Well done to all.
  • by hello Location: Goldsboro,nc on May 6, 2009 at 12:32 PM
    Dave,I would personally like to say thank you for your effort of wanting to help.We need a few more good people like you!!!!
  • by Dave Location: LaGrange on May 4, 2009 at 12:42 PM
    Worst thing about it, not only would we have been 3 extra sets of eyes on the water, but we ere there before the rescue crews, and by focing me upstream we ended up in a boat with no light after dark trying to navigate up to the next bridge where we had to be picked up off an eight foot drop. Couple of wrong moves or an overcast night and the very well could've been out searching for the three of us too.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on May 4, 2009 at 11:54 AM
    Dave, good deed man! They probably regretted turning you all away. Why do so many people refuse help, especially when their life is on the line? I have never understood.
  • by Kris on May 4, 2009 at 11:30 AM
    It was in the river part behind the Museum.
  • by DAVE Location: LaGrange on May 4, 2009 at 10:22 AM
    It was in the river. Were fishing when we cam through, and offered to help but were turned away, and sent upstream away from where we were trying to get back to our vehicle.
  • by scott Location: goldsboro on May 4, 2009 at 08:59 AM
    did they drown in the river or in the swimming area at the park?

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