Body found in Cape Fear River believed to be missing 21-year-old swimmer

Cape fear missing swimmer

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – A body matching the identity of a man who went missing while swimming in the Cape Fear River Friday afternoon was found Saturday night, authorities said.

Fayetteville 911 received a call from a boater Saturday night at 9:28 p.m. The caller, a boater, told the dispatcher that there was a body floating down the Cape Fear River.

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The body was found in a dark and hazardous area of the river with floating limbs and debris. Authorities said the body matched the description of the missing swimmer, 21-year-old Drequan Odle.

Odle and two other people were swimming in the river when a call came in around 2 p.m. Friday that three swimmers were in distress.

One person was rescued while hanging onto a log. A second was able to make it to shore.

Odle was missing.

The three were swimming near the Person Street Bridge when the current became too much for them to handle.

Rescue efforts began immediately, but were suspended at nightfall Friday and continued again early Saturday morning.

The body was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center to confirm the identity.

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