Officials: Body found Saturday night in Cape Fear River confirmed to be missing 21-year-old swimmer

Authorities search for a missing man at the Cape Fear River on Friday. Drequan Odle's body was found Saturday night.

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – Fayetteville officials confirmed Tuesday that the body pulled from the Cape Fear River on July 18 was that of missing 21-year-old swimmer Drequan Odle.

Fayetteville 911 received a call from a boater at 9:28 p.m. on July 18. 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 at the time said the body matched the description of Odle, but could not confirm it.

Odle and two other people were swimming in the river when a call came in around 2 p.m. on July 17 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 and continued again early the next morning.

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