‘Just sad’: Body found identified as missing boater in Caroline County

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CAROLINE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The nearly two-day search for a missing boater in Caroline County came to a tragic end Tuesday.

Friends of 30-year-old Adam R. Napier found his body on the Rappahannock River.

Napier went missing after his boat capsized. One other person who was on the boat with him was rescued.

Paige Pearson from the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries said his friend later helped direct officials to an area to search for Napier and was being ‘fully cooperative.’

“The last two days we have had every county assist, along with DGIF, trying to recover our missing boater,” Paige Pearson said.

The community also came together to help officials in the search for Napier. 

His body was found near Portobago Bay on the King George side of the Rappahannock River by volunteers who were helping search for him.

“We got a call at 11:13 that friends of the victim had located the body,” Pearson said.

Napier had a five-month-old baby daughter.

Gilbert Skinner knew the family, including the baby and baby’s mother, Brittany Briggs.

“Brittany and the kids, just his name mentioned, her eyes would light up so I knew there was a bond there between them,” Skinner said.

People close to Napier said he was an avid fisherman and loving father.

“Just sad for her and the kids, and his family as well,” said Skinner.

Officials are now warning boaters to be safe ahead of Labor Day Weekend.

“We encourage everyone to wear lifejackets, have enough lifejackets on board,” said Pearson.

The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries said they will now focus their attention on investigating how the Sunday boating accident happened.

Stay with 8News for updates.

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