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UPDATE: Body Recovered in Cape Fear River

READ MORE: Search for man in river postponed because of conditions


(NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC )The body of Melton Robinson Jr. was located today in the Northeast Cape Fear River. A unified command consisting of NC Wildlife, New Hanover County Fire, and the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office located the body shortly before 4 this afternoon. The case is still under investigation and further information will be released as it becomes available.

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Hurricane Irene may have claimed a life in southeastern North Carolina. Crews have continued their search for 27-year-old Melton Robinson in the Northeast Cape Fear River near Castle Hayne. Earlier Saturday morning the search had to be postponed because of the poor conditions caused by Hurricane Irene.

The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office says three men were hanging out at the Wildlife boat ramp when one of the men fell or jumped into the river.

Search and rescue crews responded to the scene after a call came in at 12:25 a.m. Saturday. Rescue crews took a boat out to try and search for the man, but the wind and rain as Hurricane Irene passed off the coast made it too dangerous. At around 3 p.m. weather conditions calmed and the search for Robinson continued.

Emergency workers have set up a command post at the scene along the New Hanover-Pender County line. They will continue their search with deputies searching along the banks, boats with sonar in the water, and divers if necessary.

"Well of course the storm conditions are going to make it elaborated," New Hanover County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer said. "The best thing we can do is search for him. Right now he's a missing persons, and that's how we'll treat this case."

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