Searchers recover body of missing NC firefighter in Tar River

North Carolina news

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Searchers have recovered the body of a missing North Carolina firefighter who disappeared in a river while swimming with co-workers.

News outlets report the body of 24-year-old Greenville firefighter Gary Cox was recovered from the Tar River after a search resumed for him on Tuesday.

Authorities say Cox went boating with fellow firefighters on Sunday when they stopped to go swimming and he disappeared.

Greenville Fire/Rescue personnel held a procession through downtown with police officers and firefighters lining the route to pay their respects.

Gary Cox in a photo from Red Oak Community Rural Fire Department

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