Official: Body found along James River Friday near where boaters went missing

A body was found Friday along the shoreline of the James River near the area where two boaters disappeared in January, an official said.

Brian Austin Savage, 20, of Henrico County, and Kyle Englehart, 29, of Charles City County, disappeared on Jan. 3 after launching for a hunting trip from the Jamestown Yacht Basin, according to Lee Walker, spokesman with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

Savage, who has ties to Hampton, was found washed ashore Sunday on Tyler’s Beach in the Rushmere area of Isle of Wight County. A medical examiner determined his cause of death was drowning, Walker said.

The second body was found by a person walking along the shoreline, near Jamestown, Walker said. The body — which officials think could possibly be Englehart’s — was taken to the medical examiner’s office in Norfolk for identification and to determine the cause of death, he said.

The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, the lead agency, has been investigating the incident as a boating accident, according to Walker.

State and local agencies started searching for the men a day after they left for their trip and had not returned. Their boat was found overturned in the muck, Walker said.

Virginia State Police, Virginia Marine Resources Commission and James City and York counties assisted in the search for several days. Efforts were hampered because the river was frozen in many areas. A drone and a Cessna plane were also used to search by air.

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