Body of Missing 38-year-old recovered from Neuse River after week-long search


Crews were back on the scene on Thursday morning to continue their search (Photo: Joseph Holloway/CBS 17)

GOLDSBORO, N.C. (WNCT) – Shortly before noon, the body of 38-year-old Sterling Holman was located in the Neuse River. This concludes the week-long search for the missing individuals with K9 teams, rescue boats, dive teams, and aerial support.

“I would like to thank the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office, Arr-Mac Water Rescue, Goldsboro Fire Department, Grantham Volunteer Fire Department, Rosewood Volunteer Fire Department, Seven Springs Volunteer Fire Department, Craven County Emergency Services, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, NC Wildlife, NC Marine Patrol, Wayne County Public School System, Foothills Search and Rescue, Western Carolina University, REDS team, NC Sonar Search Alliance and numerous other outside consulting agencies for their response to this search,” said Sheriff Larry Pierce. “In addition to these agencies, I want to thank my deputies for the long hours they have put in as part of this operation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family as they deal with this difficult situation. I would also like to thank the many citizens and businesses who brought food and donations to our responders during this extended response.”


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 marks 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.

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.

According to Wayne County spokesman Joel 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 tell 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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