Search Ends, Crews Find Body Of Missing Boy

Officials say the search for a boy who went missing in the Neuse River in Lenoir County has ended. A search team located the body around 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

Officials say they they found the body in the river about 500 yards from Hardy Bridge.

10-year-old Henry Jauregui had been fishing with his family last Sunday, when he fell into the water and was swept away by the current according to officials.

Crews had been searching this location for the past six days trying to locate the body. The family has been notified about the recovery.

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A family in the east has been searching for a 10 year old boy since Sunday when he fell in the Neuse River while fishing with his dad. The family is pleading for more equipment and volunteers.

After six days of searching the Neuse river in Lenoir County for ten year old Henry Jauregui -his family says they have no plans of quitting until they find him. They say this isn't the first time the family has experienced tragedy, and they're holding onto hope.

A small sign marks where 10 year old Henry Jauregui was standing when he slipped off a sand bar and underwater Sunday afternoon according to his family. They say his father, who was fishing with 10 year-old Henry and his other 6 year old son- grabbed for Henry, but was unable to rescue him.

"Henry fell on the edge of the water and the current take him. The daddy go and try to get him out of the water he grabbed him, but Henry was moving and the current take him under the water and later he was coming up and then going under the water and they couldn't do nothing," said Henry's uncle Bartolo Marquez.

For six days the family has sat on the bridge on Hardy Bridge Road in Lenoir County awaiting any news from search crews. We spoke to Henry's aunt through an interpreter about the hope they still have in their hearts.

Interpreter: "They said they feel desperate they come here everyday they come here from the morning until dark night time and everyday they come in with a little bit of hope that they will have news something about Henry and everyday they go home empty handed they just feel desperate they just need something."

Day in and day out the family waits with no news and the glimmer of hope beginning to fade, but they say they won't give up looking for Henry.

They're especially determined not to lose another family member- Henry's mother died in a car crash 5 years ago.

Henry's father did not want to go on camera. The family says they need volunteers and more boats to help in their search.

They say they will back out to search Saturday at 7 am at the bridge on Hardy Bridge Road in La Grange.

The Lenoir County Sheriffs Department along with a volunteer boat searched Friday.


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