Body of missing dad found on Neuse River

Neuse River
Search and rescue teams on the Neuse River found the body of a missing man Wednesday, March 31. (Photo courtesy of CBS17)

Sterling Holman jumped into the Neuse March 24 after his young son slipped in

Search and rescue crews found the body of 38-year-old Sterling Holman Wednesday afternoon. Holman disappeared after jumping into the Neuse River last week in an attempt to save his son, 5-year-old Braylin Holman after the young angler slipped into the water from a dock they were fishing on.

It’s a tragic end to what began as a fun fishing trip for the Holman family. Braylin’s body was recovered this past Monday.

On March 24, the two were fishing at the Goldsboro Boating Access Area along U.S. 117. That’s when witnesses reported seeing the child accidentally slip into the water. Sterling Holman jumped in immediately. Despite nearby boaters looking for the two right away, and search crews from numerous local and state agencies searching for days, the father and son were never seen alive again.

Obviously heartbroken over the ordeal, the Holman family extends a sincere thank you to all those involved in the search efforts. Search teams included the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina Wildlife, Johnston County Sheriff’s Office, Craven County Emergency Services, Goldsboro Fire Dept., Wayne County Emergency Management, and Wayne County EMS.

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