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Police ID James River Drowning Victim

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Release from the Richmond Police Department:

Drowning Victim Identified

The Richmond Police Department has identified the drowning victim recovered from the James River yesterday by the Richmond Fire Department.

Emerson-Josue Zelaya-Aguilera, 15, of the 1000 block of Turner Road in Chesterfield was recreating in the James River on Tuesday afternoon when he became distressed. He was the subject of a search by the Richmond Police and Richmond Fire departments through that evening and the following day.

The Medical Examiner will determine cause and manner of death.

No foul play is suspected.


Richmond Fire and Rescue crews pulled a body out of the James River near the Port of Richmond Thursday morning.

Officials are not confirming whether the body recovered is that of a teenager missing since Tuesday evening.

Rescue crews ave been searching the James River ever since a teenager was seen being swept down the river while swimming with friends. That rescue operation transitioned to a "recovery" operation Wednesday.

That teen's identity has not been released.

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