Body of missing 5-year-old angler found on Neuse River

Neuse River

Search continues for 5-year-old’s dad

The six-day search for a 5-year-old boy, Braylin Holman, on the Neuse River has brought sad news to the North Carolina fishing community. The body of the young angler, who disappeared on the evening of March 24 while fishing with his dad, was found yesterday, March 30, 2021.

The search continues for the boy’s dad, Sterling Holman, who other anglers saw jump in after the boy slipped underwater. The two were fishing at the Goldsboro Boating Access Area along Hwy. 117.

Last Wednesday, an angler who had been fishing out of a boat had a brief conversation with the boy and his dad on the dock. Moments later, that angler saw the 5-year-old slip into the water. He said the boy’s dad jumped in immediately, reaching for the boy.

The 911 caller described the situation to the dispatcher as his friend, still in his boat, searched for the two missing anglers. Other boaters also tried finding the pair. Search parties included the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, Johnston County Sheriff’s Office, Craven County Emergency Services, Goldsboro Fire Dept., and NC Wildlife.

Family members haven’t given up hope of finding Sterling Holman. They are understandably heartbroken at the death of Braylin. They said the young boy loved fishing with his dad, and was always excited when he saw his dad getting fishing equipment ready to take to the river.

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