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Crews find second body in Appomattox River

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Posted at 12:12 PM, Apr 24, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-24 14:46:21-04

Update: Crews have recovered a body from the Appomattox River this morning. The body is now being sent to the medical examiner's office for a positive ID. 

The body was found at around 11:16 a.m. officials said during a news conference on Wednesday. 

The president of VSU, Keith Miller, spoke at the conference and expressed sympathy for the families. 

NewsChannel 3 will post more updates as they become available. 

Chesterfield, Va. – Today marks the fifth day crews have searched for VSU student Jauwan M. Holmes who was reported missing along with 19-year-old Marvell Edmondson after they disappeared in the Appomattox River during an initiation ritual.

Crews found Edmondson’s body on Tuesday and the search continues for Holmes. They have now found a second body in the river but no identification has been made yet.

Crews pulled out all of their resources to locate Holmes. According to WTVR, a plane flew around the river on Tuesday with sonar as divers continued to search below.

On Wednesday, police announced that four men have been charged in connection to the incident.

James A. Mackey Sr., Eriq K. Benson, Cory D. Baytop and Charles E. Zollicoffer II, have each been charged with five counts of hazing. They are all affiliated with the group "Men of Honor" which is not sanctioned by VSU according to the school. Mackey, Benson and Baytop have been arrested; police continue to search for Zollicoffer.

If you have any information that could help police locate Zollicoffer, contact the Chesterfield County Police Department at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660.

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