Search teams find body of missing kayaker, Wayne County officials say

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GOLDSBORO, N.C. (WNCT) — Search teams have located the body of a kayaker who went missing on the Neuse River, Wayne County officials said.

An individual reported that he launched a kayak with a friend with plans to retrieve the kayak at the Wildlife Boat Ramp off 117 South near Mar-Mac.

Both individuals were in the kayak for 15 minutes when the friend had difficulties and fell into the water.

A rescue was attempted by the survivor, but he lost his grip on the friend who went under and has not been seen since.

The missing individual is 34-year-old Derrick Wooten.

Wooten is a black male and was last seen wearing a blue shirt and khaki shorts.

Arr-Mac Water Response, NC Wildlife, and the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team responded to the scene to help Goldsboro Fire Department with the search.

The search was called off at dark Saturday, and resumed Sunday morning.

Officials said that shortly before noon on Monday, search teams located the body of Wooten in the area where he went missing on Saturday.

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