OFFICIAL: "We Will Always Continue To Search"

Boats have returned to search the Neuse River near La Grange in Lenoir County Wednesday morning. Crews are looking for a fifth grader from Greene County who disappeared Sunday.

Henry Jauregui fell into the Neuse River at Hardy Bridge Sunday afternoon while fishing with his father. The search is considered a recovery, not a rescue.

Lenoir County Emergency Services Director Roger Dail says five or six boats are searching for Henry at this hour. Dail said if they don't find the child today, they will search again tomorrow.

"We will always continue to search," Dail told WITN, though the extent to which they search will have to be decided upon as the process continues.



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The search for a missing Greene County boy is in its third day in Lenoir County, and authorities say that effort has expanded farther down river.

Henry Jauregui fell into the Neuse River at Hardy Bridge Sunday afternoon while fishing with his father. Yesterday authorities say they changed their efforts from rescue to recovery.

Monday search teams worked until around 9:00 p.m. with sonar equipment, but nothing was found. This morning six boats were in the water and they say the search will continue throughout the day unless the weather changes.

Lenoir County Emergency Services Director Roger Dail says they have extended the search area by one to two miles.

Henry was a fifth grader at West Greene Elementary where a crisis management plan was activated Sunday evening.


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The search for a missing ten year old boy from Snow Hill resumed around 8 a.m. Tuesday. Henry Jauregui disappeared Sunday afternoon, when he slipped into the Neuse River near La Grange.

Lenoir County Emergency Services Director Roger Dail says boats are going up and down the Neuse River today, looking for the child's body. The effort has turned from a search and rescue, to that of a recovery. Dail said search crews are not using sonar technology at this time.

Jauregui was in the fifth grade at West Greene Elementary School in Snow Hill. His family was fishing near the Hardy Bridge in La Grange when he slipped off a sand bar Sunday. His father jumped in the water to try to save him, but the current swept the child away, officials say.



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Emergency workers now say they are conducting a recovery effort for a missing 10 year old boy who is presumed to have drowned in the Neuse River Sunday.

Lenoir County deputies say Henry Jauregui slipped into the river while he, his father, and two other youngsters were fishing on a sandbar at Hardy Bridge.

The father, Edwardo Castilla of Snow Hill, jumped into the water to try and save his son, but authorities say the current pulled the child away and he could not be reached. The water temperature is approximately 64 degrees, and the river is high due to recent rains.

Deputies say search teams combed the area all day Sunday and into the night using boats and sonar equipment. They returned this morning in attempt to recover the missing boy.

Search and rescue crews from Lenoir, Wayne, Craven, Sampson, Alamance, and Cumberland counties are assisting with the search.


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Search crews have resumed their search for a missing child in the Neuse River.

Lenoir County Emergency Management Director said the search for the ten year old started up again at 7 a.m. after crews took a few hours off.

The child's name has not been released at this time. He disappeared Sunday after falling in the river while fishing with his family. The search has been centered around the bridge at Hardy Bridge Rd. in La Grange.



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Search crews suspended the search for a missing ten year old in the Neuse River at 3 a.m. Monday, but expected to resume searching around 6:30 a.m.

Lenoir County Fire Marshal Deral Raynor says the search was suspended for the safety of the search crews and due to fatigue. Crews would return to search by boats and with sonar when daylight breaks.

Crews are searching for a child who went into the Neuse River near Hardy Bridge Rd. in La Grange Sunday. The family was fishing. The names of the family and the boy have not been released.

Raynor says so far, crews have searched about a half-mile down the Neuse River from where the child went into the water. The focus, however, has been on a 100-yard stretch near the bridge. The river is about 50 to 60 feet wide there, Raynor said.



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Officials are looking for a 10-year-old boy that went missing in the Neuse River Sunday afternoon.

Officials are searching by boat and using a helicopter. They are looking in the area of the Neuse River near Hardy Bridge Road. Officials say the boy was fishing with his family, fell into the water, and then got swept away by the current.

Deputies with Lenoir, Duplin, Craven, Wayne, and Jones counties are all searching, along with several fire departments, state highway patrol, and underwater recovery teams. They've been searching since around 1 p.m.

WITN has a reporter on the scene and will continue to update you on their search efforts.


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  • by matthew Location: Greene county on Mar 1, 2012 at 01:02 PM
    LOOK HENRY i know its 2012 but im still mising u man i love i know me and u were in a fight before but listen IM SORRY man im about to cry man love you
  • by Anonymous Location: Farmville on Apr 15, 2011 at 06:28 AM
    Question..Are the crews still down at the bridge..Are they there all the time? I would like to take maybe some food or something for the family..just feel like I need to do something! If there are people who know the family, please let us know if there is anything we can do for them. I am sure that they are beyond devastated. It is all about communities coming to together to help one another.
  • by BSO Location: walstonburg on Apr 15, 2011 at 03:17 AM
    For Henry was a good friend I heard. I wish that I would have gotten to know him better because he was so nice. Me and everyone else will heave him in our hearts! God will give a miracle and send him back with us alive!!!
  • by Heather Location: moss hill on Apr 14, 2011 at 05:49 PM
    @SHELIA Thank You I pray day and night. Henry could be any where that is what worries me thats a big woods out there and he is only ten he is a baby someones baby anyones baby
  • by Anthony Location: Snow Hill on Apr 14, 2011 at 03:05 PM
    I'm gonna miss you Henry Jauregui!
  • by SHELIA Location: LAG on Apr 14, 2011 at 02:24 PM
    I know exactly what you mean!!! Just feel like you need 2 do sumn!!! Tearing me up!!! Good luck and be safe out there. Continuing to pray as well. Please dont think what you do is no help because it definitely is!!!!
  • by Belen Location: Walstonburg on Apr 14, 2011 at 02:03 PM
    I really hope the rescue team finds Henry. I once talked to him and well he was pretty nice and funny. Me and everyone else that knew him we will always have him in our hearts!
  • by Heather Location: moss hill on Apr 14, 2011 at 01:11 PM
    @SHELIA. my husband and my self left work a little early yesterday to take food and drink to the family down there, there was not any one there it had slipped my mind that they were having a memorial for Henry @ his school so we are going to try again this evening. I agree with the search idea but that i know it is out of our control and I do know the search teams are doing every thing they can do in (their power) alot of these people are in my community and they are great people I am taking tommorow off and going to go down the river banks as far as I can I iknow its not much but I think it will help me and who knpws it may help Henry and his family I dont know why this is bothering me so bad my husband is even being supportive of my fillings and he normally thinks i let things bother me too much. I am just glad there is someone else who has my same thoughts. Praying for you Henry
  • by SHELIA Location: LAG on Apr 14, 2011 at 07:53 AM
    @ Heather...the family of Henry are always down at the bridge. I actually took some snacks down there on Tuesday and they were very appreciative. Really nice people. Do feel we need some air assistance because your thought and mine could be very well so...anything is possible and Im keeping hope.
  • by Anonymous Location: Kinston on Apr 14, 2011 at 07:09 AM
    I didn't know henry but i think that there is still a big posibility that he is alive he might be in the woods lost.every body says that he new how to swim.if he would have drowned his body would be floating in the river by now.let have faith in god and lets all just pray that is is found alive.
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