Body recovered from Appomattox River is missing student from Portsmouth

Body recovered from Appomattox River is missing student from Portsmouth

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Searchers on the Appomattox River on Tuesday

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by 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on April 23, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 23 at 2:59 PM

PETERSBURG- Authorities say the body recovered from the Appomattox River on Monday is that of Marvell Edmondson, a Portsmouth man who attended Va. State University.

Meantime Tuesday, searchers were back at the river for a fourth day, searching for fellow student Jauwan Holmes of Williamsburg

Edmondson and Holmes, both 19-year-old freshmen, never came out of the water after being with a group of students around 1:00 a.m. Saturday.

Authorities said the students went into the river, which is a couple blocks away from campus. Police told WRIC-TV the men disappeared while crossing the cold, swift-moving river during a pledging ritual.

A university spokesman says the two were not participating in any activities related to the school.

The station also reports Mac's Grill, a business in Ettrick, was searched as part of the continuing investigation. Police would not confirm or deny that information.

The principal of Bruton High School, Vicky Corlett, says she knew Holmes well and he meant the world to her.

Edmondson played football at Churchland High School.

Emergency responders searched all weekend by air and by boat. After no one was found, the search was suspended Sunday night and resumed Monday morning.

Chesterfield Police and Fire, Colonial Heights Police and Fire, Virginia State Police, and Virginia State University Police  helping with the effort.

There will be a vigil for Edmondson on Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the football field.

 

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