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Crews shift to recovery mission after man reported missing in Appomattox River

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Posted at 10:17 AM, Mar 23, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-23 16:40:44-04

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. — The search for a 33-year-old fisherman who did not resurface from the Appomattox River Tuesday night was called off for the day Wednesday because of heavy rains.

Around 8:10pm Tuesday, Colonial Heights Police were called to Roslyn Landing Park for reports that a man went into the water but did not resurface.

Crews ended the search around 11:30pm Tuesday because of darkness, after utilizing both boat and unmanned aircraft. Wednesday, those same efforts continued until the rains moved in.

Officials said they have shifted their mission from a search effort to a recovery effort. Family and friends of the man, who is from Hopewell, according to authorities, spent most of the day at the park waiting for news.

Family members requested privacy to reporters.

Authorities said they hope to continue their recovery mission Thursday morning. Roslyn Landing Park is closed to the public while the operation continues.

The man was fishing prior to entering the water, CBS 6 was told Wednesday.

This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can email newstips@wtvr.com to send a tip.

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