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Chowan official: Body recovered from bay was Edenton man

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Chowan Herald

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

EDENTON — The missing fisherman whose body was recovered from Edenton Bay on Sunday has been identified as an Edenton man. 

Chowan Emergency Management Coordinator Cord Palmer identified the man as John North “Jack” Held of Surfside Drive. 

Held was the retired owner of Bellevue Hardware in Richmond, Virginia. He also was retired from the U.S. Air Force.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, Held’s wife Robin Lee notified the agency Saturday evening that her 83-year-old husband had gone fishing on a 21-foot pontoon boat but failed to return by 6:30 p.m.

Coast Guard boat crews searched for Held throughout Saturday night, finding his boat and fishing gear shortly after beginning their search. Coast Guard helicopter crews resumed their search on Sunday morning. Held’s body was recovered at the mouth of Edenton Bay around sunset on Sunday.

“Our hearts go out to the families and friends affected by this tragedy,” said Capt. Bion Stewart, commander of Coast Guard Sector North Carolina. 

Also participating in the search for Held were officers with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, the Chowan Sheriff’s Office and emergency management agencies in Chowan and Hertford counties.

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