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WPD identifies man missing in Cape Fear River; search resumes

Wilmington, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police have identified a man who either fell or jumped in the Cape Fear River.

He has been identified as John J. Pruitt, 24, from Fontana, California.

A search for Pruitt resumed around noon today. The Wilmington Police Department, EMS, Fire Department, Water Rescue, as well as the Sheriff’s Office and Coast Guard have been assisting at the scene. Crews have also been using helicopters and Sonar to search for the body.

According to the Wilmington Fire Department, rough currents and rising tides forced authorities to suspend the operation last night.

Stay tuned to WWAY for details on this developing story.

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