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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  • by heather Location: moss hill on Apr 22, 2011 at 06:02 AM
    i know it has been days since Henry was found i have not forgotten him and never will. may God be with him and his family always
  • by hm on Apr 17, 2011 at 08:10 AM
    i am so sorry for this tragic loss. i have three boys, cant imagine the horror of this tragedy..i suppose the good that can come out of it is to remember to put PFDs on your kids, even if youre just around the water, cause they will try to get in it. there are too many of these kinds of stories at this time of year. i am glad this little boy's body was found before all the storms came through so the family could have closure. though it seems such a small thing compared to the loss.
  • by ME Location: USA on Apr 17, 2011 at 05:00 AM
  • by Anonymous on Apr 17, 2011 at 03:12 AM
    Most of the time the comments posted in WITN's web site is mean spirited uneducated people that leads one to believe we are doomed. It's Democrats vs the Republicans. It's a nice surprise we the two sides come tongether on a story, expecially one as sad as this.
  • by Callie Location: Snow Hill on Apr 16, 2011 at 09:40 PM
    I talked with my daughter the other day and she told me that her classmate is neighbors with Henry and that he was crying (he's in the 2nd grade). My heart goes out to this family, but Henry is with his mother now as well as playing with the other Angels ahead of him. God bless Henry and his family.
  • by crystal Location: kinston on Apr 16, 2011 at 08:38 PM
    i am so sorry for the loss of this family i remember this little boy coming in to the family dollar with his grandmother he was the sweetest young man and he will truely be missed
  • by school employee Location: hertford on Apr 16, 2011 at 08:29 PM
    No matter what, your comment was very much uncalled for. All children are GOD's children. How about if this was your child, would you want us to say that to you. You have no respect for others, especially for our children. My prayers are with the family at all times.
  • by MIKE Location: HAMILTON on Apr 16, 2011 at 02:11 PM
    like i said previously around 7 days and the body will float!BEEN THERE DONE THAT SEEN THAT to many times.
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      by veronica on Apr 16, 2011 at 07:53 PM in reply to MIKE
      That is something to say!What if it was your child? This comment was not necessary!
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      by shirley mendez on Apr 17, 2011 at 03:30 AM in reply to MIKE
      U need to watch what u say up here. Family and Friends of Henry get on this page.U may have seen this many of times but should have kept it to yourself.
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        by hm on Apr 17, 2011 at 08:07 AM in reply to shirley mendez
        i dont think the comment was meant to be harsh, its a fact--though i would say it was misplaced--you wouldnt say that to his grieving family's faces.
  • by Parent on Apr 16, 2011 at 02:06 PM
    I am not sure of how to make donations to the family. I do know, however, that they are having a fund raiser at his school which will continue until Thursday. I'm not certain, but I feel confident that the Director of Student Services of Greene County Schools or administration at GCBOE or West Greene could be of the most help. The faculty, staff, and adminstration of GCBOE, WG, SHP, GCMS, GCHS, & GEC have been actively involved in supporting all affected by this tragedy. Volunteers where also there to offer support to ANYONE who needed it. You can contact such persons involved in the support effort by visiting, Greene County's District Homepage. I hope this helps. ****If anyone finds additional information on fund raising efforts for the family, please keep us posted as well.
  • by Jean Location: Grifton on Apr 16, 2011 at 01:56 PM
    Such an angelic face. My heart is sadden. I will keep the famiy in my thoughts and prayers.

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