First responders have recovered the body of a Seaford man who drowned in the Nanticoke River, Maryland State Police said.
A Maryland Natural Resources Police helicopter patrolling the area of Cherry Beach Park in Sharptown located 53-year-old John Davis around 7:45 a.m. Tuesday. Police said his body was found in the Nanticoke River about a quarter of a mile from where he was last seen over the weekend.
Troopers from the Salisbury Barrack were called to Cherry Beach Park shortly before 5 p.m. Sunday for a report of a possible drowning.
They arrived to find Maryland Natural Resources Police and the Sharptown Volunteer Fire Department conducting dive operations and searching via boat for Davis.
Police said Davis had been at the park for a family gathering when he jumped from a boat dock into the Nanticoke River to go swimming. Nearby boaters saw him struggling to keep his head above water, but by the time they reached him, he had sunk below the surface.
Search efforts continued until sunset Sunday and then resumed Monday until Davis’ body was discovered. Delaware State Police divers assisted Maryland State Police divers in the search efforts.
Police said the case is still under investigation.