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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A body found in the Cape Fear River today is a missing Marine. LCpl. John J. Pruitt, 24, of Fontana, CA, was stationed at Camp Lejeune. He went missing late Sunday night.

Wilmington Fire Department spokesman David Hines says crews recovered the body on the Brunswick County side of the river about half way between the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge and the state port.

A WFD boat crew found the body while patrolling after someone reported seeing some clothing in the area.

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2015 years 10 months ago

John you were always the life of the party… you could always make me laugh with ur smart comments thats why we got along so good. I’ll always remember sitting next to you holding you hand while you got your tattoo done. You had a great personality & you always put your family & friends first..I’m gunna miss you tons <3

2015 years 10 months ago

I’m so sorry for your families loss. My heart goes to you all during this difficult and sad time. I pray God comforts you and gives you strength to get through the days ahead. Its been years since I have seen john but I’m sure he’s always stayed the same.. he was always a fun loving person who loved his family tons and would do anything for his friends. Heavan has gained an awesome person!

Kimberly Stavropoulos
2015 years 10 months ago

John, I will never forget how we met and how you made me laugh and ultimately want to be with you. I had some of the best times with you in those days and I know we drifted a part but I always cared about you and you will always be in my heart. I was sifting thru some of our pictures together and couldn’t help but laugh remembering the situations. You were such a charmer and everyone loved you. I will continue to remember these times and regret the ones where I let my selfishness get the best of me. My heart now goes out to your family as I know this will be one of the hardest moments in there life. You are a hero and your strength and courage will live on in your family and friends. I will miss you deeply. Your in Gods hands now. Rest in peace <3


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