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Man missing in Cape Fear River confirmed Camp Lejeune Marine

Wilmington, NC (WWAY) — A man reported missing in the Cape Fear River has been confirmed as a Marine based at Camp Lejeune.

The Public Affair’s Office at Camp Lejeune has confirmed he is Lance Cpl. John J. Pruitt of Fontana, CA. He is assigned to 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division.

Police say Pruitt either fell or jumped in the Cape Fear River late last night. A search for Pruitt resumed around noon today.

Wilmington Police, EMS, the Wilmington Fire Department, Water Rescue, as well as the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and Coast Guard have been assisting at the scene.

Crews have also been using helicopters and sonar to search for Pruitt.

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