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Body found in St. Mary's River after teen reported missing in Charlton County

Charlton County Sheriff Robert Phillips says the body matches the description of the missing teen.

CHARLTON COUNTY, Ga. — The Charlton County Sheriff's Office has located a body in the St. Mary's River following a search for a missing 17-year-old swimmer.

Charlton County Sheriff Robert Phillips says the body matches the description of the missing teen.

Deputies say around 5:15 p.m. they got call about a possible drowning in the St. Mary's River at Trader's Hill Landing.

Witnesses reported that a man was swimming from the public dock and became distressed and called for help. His friends told deputies they tried to assist him but were unable to help him.

Deputies say 17-year-old Raymond Bernard Wade Jr. of Folkston was the teen reported missing.

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The Sheriff's Office has boats in the water and also has a diver and small sonar units from Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The Florida Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Nassau County Sheriff's Office and Camden Co. Sheriff's Office are also helping.

Sheriff Phillips says Wade Jr. is a football player and many of his teammates are helped in the search.

Credit: Charlton County Sheriff's Office
Missing teen last seen in St. Mary's River prompts search.
Credit: Charlton County Sheriff's Office
Missing teen last seen in St. Mary's River prompts search.

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