Friday, February 3, 2023

Body of missing boater recovered in James City County

Authorities in James City County said the body of a man who went missing during a fishing trip Sunday was recovered Monday morning.

Police identified the man as James Jackson Jr. of James City County.

He was 70 years old.

James City County Police and fire crews were called to to the area of Diascund Creek Reservoir at around 5:15 p.m. Sunday on a report of an “unmanned boat.”

The boat was found in Diascund Creek Reservoir, on the border of James City County and New Kent.

Police identified Jackson as the man missing from the boat. He had been out fishing.

Crews immediately searched the area. They were assisted by the York Fire & Life Safety, York-Poquoson Sheriff’s deputies, personnel from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and Med-flight.

The search was suspended at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Authorities resumed the search Monday morning with the assistance from New Kent Sheriff’s Office and Marine Sonic. Jackson’s body was recovered at approximately 11:25 a.m.

Jackson’s body was taken to the Tidewater Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy.

He was not wearing a life jacket, authorities said.

No further information was immediately available.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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