Search continues for teen in Virginia’s Rappahannock River

Virginia News

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — A teenager has gone missing in Virginia’s Rappahannock River in Stafford County.

The Free Lance-Star reports that the 15-year-old disappeared on Monday afternoon in the area of the Historic Port of Falmouth.

A search was called off after darkness set in Monday night and was scheduled to resume on Tuesday.

Stafford Sheriff’s Maj. Shawn Kimmitz said that the teenager entered the river, briefly surfaced in the water, then went under.

Photos from a Facebook post by the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office on Sept. 8.

The incident is the third emergency on the river in eight days. The Rappahannock is always considered to be dangerous. But significant rainfall has swollen the river with swift currents and debris.

On Saturday, Stafford divers had located a body in the Rappahannock at Muddy Creek near the King George County line. The identity of that person is still unknown.

Last week, search teams recovered the body of 40-year-old Brandon Childs. He had gone missing while kayaking Aug. 30 near the Fredericksburg City Dock.

Officials say that more than 80 people have drowned in the Rappahannock since 1985.


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