Body found along Neuse River identified as missing truck driver, officials say

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KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT/WNCN) – The body found near the King Street boat ramp in Lenoir County Saturday morning is that of a missing truck driver whose 18-wheeler was submerged in the Neuse River, according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

The driver was identified as 30-year-old Richard White Jr. from Elizabethtown. 

White’s body was discovered near the boat ramp around 9 a.m. Saturday by duck hunters, according to Jerri King, interim director with Lenoir County Emergency Services.

In December of last year, multiple agencies searched the Neuse River on Highway 70 in Lenoir County to locate the driver of an 18-wheeler submerged in the body of water. 

North Carolina State Highway Patrol officers say on Dec. 10, 2018, the driver of the truck hit a guardrail on one side of the bridge, then went off the road and into the river on the other side. 

Transportation officials said the truck damaged about 30 feet of the bridge’s railing.

The truck and trailer were pulled up a couple of days later, but the driver was not found.

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