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Missing boater found

(WYDaily Media)

Editor’s Note: This and a previous story noted that Mr. Hines was going to the Surry Seafood Company. Since stories were released, we have received updated information that Mr. Hines was heading home from the restaurant. The story has been edited to reflect this change. We apologize for the error.

SURRY COUNTY — On Thursday, May 6, Virginia Marine Police announced the recovery of missing boater.

Russell Hines, 34, of Surry County, went missing on the James River Sunday night taking his boat home from the Surry Seafood Company. His 29-foot boat was found the next day grounded at Grays Creek in Williamsburg with the engine still running.

An extensive search for Hines was conducted on Monday by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and local partner agencies. The next morning, USCG called off the search.

Hines’ remains were found near Mount Pleasant Plantation in Surry County. He was located by a resident and then recovered by Virginia Marine Police.

The cause of death has not yet been released and the investigation remains ongoing.

Virginia Marine Police released a statement that said, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and families of [Hines].”

If you have any information, you can call the Virginia Marine Police at (757) 247-2292.

WYDaily will continue to keep you up-to-date on this developing story.

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