Body found confirmed to be missing man on Pamunkey River in New Kent

Posted at 3:21 PM, Jul 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-20 16:28:03-04

NEW KENT, Va. - Virginia Marine Police have identified the body that was found during a search and rescue for a missing man on the Pamunkey River.

Around 10:37 a.m., Marine Police received a call for 37-year-old man, Cory Redford of Henrico, who was swimming in the water next to his boat.

Persons on board the boat saw the man swept away by the current and threw a life ring. As they attempted to move the boat closer, those on board lost sight of him and contacted authorities.

The Virginia Marine Police, United States Coast Guard, Department of Wildlife Resources, Virginia State Police, New Kent Sheriff’s Office, New Kent Police Department, James City County Fire Department, West Point Fire Department, West Point Police Department responded and deployed resources in this on-going search and rescue.

Marine Police continued search efforts Monday to find Cory Redford. During this effort, Marine Police Officers located a body near the mouth of the York River on the Pamunkey River. At this time, the identification of the body has not been confirmed.

The body was taken to the medical examiner’s office to confirm the identity. On Tuesday, the office confirmed the body as that of Redford.

"The Virginia Marine Police and the Virginia Marine Resources Commission offers its deepest condolences to the family of Cory Redford during this time," Marine Police said in a statement.