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Police: Delaware man’s body found in Maryland river

June 22, 2021 GMT

SHARPTOWN, Md. (AP) — The body of a Delaware man who drowned while swimming in a Maryland river over the weekend has been found, police said. Maryland state troopers were called to Cherry Beach Park in Sharptown on Sunday for a report of a possible drowning, police said in a news release.

John Davis, 53, of Seaford, Delaware, was at the park for a family gathering when he decided to jump into the Nanticoke River from a dock to swim, police said. Boaters noticed Davis struggling to keep his head above water, but police said by the time they reached him, he had sunk below the surface.

When troopers arrived, Maryland Natural Resources Police and the Sharptown Volunteer Fire Department were conducting dive operations and searching for Davis by boat. The search continued until sunset and resumed Monday. His body was found Tuesday morning in the river about a quarter mile from where he was last seen.

This case remains under investigation.