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HOLDEN BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Crews spent a second full day searching for the missing swimmer who disappeared Tuesday evening near Holden Beach.

Holden Beach Police Chief Wally Layne said he is cautiously optimistic they’ll have something by Saturday.

Chief Layne said the Holden Beach Police, Tri Beach Fire and the Brunswick County Sheriff’s office are combing Lockwood Folly Inlet for Sample. Crews are also searching by air to spot Sample’s body.

Chief Layne says the surf has been rough the past couple days making the search more difficult.

Sample was here from Ohio as part of the Xenos Christian Fellowship. Church members said they are hopeful, because they know Sample is in Heaven.

Chief Layne said they are doing everything possible to recover Sample’s body to get closure for his family.


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