NEW INFO: Unmanned Boat Prompts River Search

The owner of a small fishing boat has been located, after his unmanned boat was found floating in the Neuse River this morning.

Kinston police and fire units were searching the river after the discovery, concerned that someone might have fallen overboard. The boat was found next to a railroad trestle behind Neuse Road.

The owner says he and a friend were on the river yesterday when there was some sort of accident. The two left the boat in the water and climbed up onto the nearby trestle.

Kinston police have turned the case over to Lenoir County deputies and NC Wildlife officers.

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Kinston authorities are searching the Neuse River after an unmanned boat was found this morning.

Police and fire units are conducting the search near the railroad trestle behind Neuse Road.

Police say they did find footprints on the shore near where the boat was found, so it is possible those inside made it out okay. Authorities have been checking nearby boat ramps, but so far there is no sign of someone putting in a boat and not returning.

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