Body of 5-year-old recovered from Neuse River; search continues for dad

Wayne County News

GOLDSBORO, N.C. (WNCN) – Crews have recovered the body of a 5-year-old from the Neuse River Monday afternoon as the search continues for his father.

Monday marked day six of search efforts for the father and his 5-year-old son who went missing Wednesday night during a fishing trip at the Goldsboro Boating Access Area along U.S. 117.

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office said K-9 teams were out early Monday morning.

The body of Braylin Holman was located around 2 p.m. Monday, officials confirmed.

The search for the boy’s father, 38-year-old Sterling Holman, is still active.

“Our thoughts are with the family right now. We know this is incredibly difficult for them to have to deal with, but it’s also difficult for our responders they grow emotionally attached to these kind of missions. And so they’re not going to give up until they find something,” said county spokesperson Joel Gillie.

Officials said the child was found during a “systematic search” for the two.

They were joined by boat teams from North Carolina Wildlife, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, Johnston County Sheriff’s Office, Craven County Emergency Services and Goldsboro Fire Department.

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit also has a helicopter to help with the search.

“We’re going on quite a few days out here, and so we’re definitely getting tired, but really just trying to see this mission through for the family,” Gillie said.

According to Gillie, a call came in from someone who said they saw a father and son fishing from a dock. 

The caller said they saw the child fall in and the father jumped in after him. They haven’t been seen since. 

Family members told CBS 17 they are not giving up hope. They also said they are thankful for the community’s support and the countless first responders who are searching for their loved ones. 

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