After nearly one whole week, a search has concluded for a father and son that went missing in the Neuse River.
Shortly before noon Wednesday, the body of 38-year-old Sterling Holman was located in the Neuse River during the search and recovery effort.
Holman and his 5-year-old son, Braylin, were fishing at the boat ramp off Highway 117 south of Goldsboro Wednesday evening last week when the child fell into the water. The father went in after his son and both had not been seen since.
Braylin Holman’s body was recovered in the river on Monday. Wednesday’s discovery of Sterling Holman’s body concludes the week long search for the two missing individuals with K9 teams, rescue boats, dive teams, and aerial support.
“I would like to thank the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office, Arr-Mac Water Rescue, Goldsboro Fire Department, Grantham Volunteer Fire Department, Rosewood Volunteer Fire Department, Seven Springs Volunteer Fire Department, Craven County Emergency Services, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, NC Wildlife, NC Marine Patrol, Wayne County Public School System, Foothills Search and Rescue, Western Carolina University, REDS team, NC Sonar Search Alliance and numerous other outside consulting agencies for their response to this search,” said Sheriff Larry Pierce. “In addition to these agencies, I want to thank my deputies for the long hours they have put in as part of this operation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family as they deal with this difficult situation. I would also like to thank the many citizens and businesses who brought food and donations to our responders during this extended response.”
Wayne County Emergency Management and Wayne County EMS have been on site throughout the search and recovery effort as well.