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Missing kayaker found

The Maryland Marine Police have announced that the body of a kayaker who has been missing on the Potomac River since May 7 was found Saturday by three fishermen.

The body of 22-year-old Jeryl Cordelle Dickerson, Jr. was found near the mouth of Bonum Creek in Westmoreland County, according to a police spokesman. Dickerson was a 2009 graduate of Colonial Beach High School, where he was a member of the school’s state championship basketball team.

Dickerson had been the object of a widespread search after his kayak was found near the Westmoreland County shoreline. Authorities said Dickerson was identified by distinctive tattoos, and the body was taken to the medical examiner’s office in Baltimore.  

Dickerson had been working in Woodbridge, and on May 7, he and several coworkers drove to Cole’s Point in Westmoreland County. Dickerson and one other man decided to cross the river from Hague in Virginia, to Tall Timbers in Maryland, in separate kayaks.

After paddling for about a mile, the other kayaker saw that Dickerson was tiring and in trouble and turned back to try to help him. A powerboat came out to try to help Dickerson but could not find him, and the Coast Guard was called. His kayak was found, but there was no sign of Dickerson.

The three fishermen found the body in the water Saturday off the Westmoreland shore. In addition to Maryland authorities, the Coast Guard, Virginia State Police, volunteer fire departments and the Westmoreland Sheriff’s Office had been searching for Dickerson.

 

—Richard Leggitt

 

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