Search for Father and Son, 5, Ends as Both Are Found Dead after Missing for Almost a Week
A father and son who were declared missing at the Neuse River in North Carolina for almost a week have been found dead. The father-son duo was on a fun fishing trip when disaster struck.
The search for a North Carolina father and his son has unfortunately come to an end after their bodies were found. 38-year-old Sterling Holman and his 5-year-old son Braylin Holman were on a fishing trip when things went south.
According to witnesses who spoke to ABC7, little Braylin fell into the Neuse River, and Sterling followed after in a bid to rescue his boy. The source said that bystanders called 911, with a boater flowing in their direction to help them.
The witness told the dispatch that the current of the river took the baby away. By the time search crews came on the scene, both Sterling and Braylin were nowhere to be found. Authorities began looking for them with helicopters.
The Wayne County EMS, Goldsboro Water Rescue, Arr-Mac Water Response, Wayne County Sheriff's aviation team, alongside 20 to 30 family members, were on the scene to help with the search.
SEARCH FOR MISSING NC DAD, 5-YEAR-OLD: A search for a father and his 5-year-old son was suspended overnight on the Neuse River but is now back underway.— FOX 46 Charlotte (@FOX46News) March 25, 2021
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A spokesman for the sheriff's office explained that a witness shared that the river was moving at about three to four miles, and the depth of the water body was around 10 feet, making it a dangerous spot.
A spokesperson for the local sheriff's office, Joel Gille, expressed his sympathy towards the Holman family.
JUST IN: The body of a 5-year-old who went missing on the Neuse River has been found.https://t.co/6kpHsc0m1C— NewsChannel 12 (@wcti12) March 29, 2021
The father-son duo went missing on March 24, and a GoFundMe account was set up shortly to support Sterling's family. The page described the deceased as a doting father-of-five who was the sole supporter of the family.
At the time, a cousin to the father-son pair, Rasheda Bryant, revealed that Braylin and Sterling loved to bond over fishing. She explained that the duo was full of joy, and little Braylin was thrilled at the thought of going fishing the previous night.
A water rescue is underway in Wayne County on Wednesday night after a 5-year-old boy fell into the Neuse River and his father jumped in to save him. https://t.co/g8tqT7tYtk— ABC11 EyewitnessNews (@ABC11_WTVD) March 25, 2021
Of the $50,000 goal set, more than $11,00 has been raised. A spokesperson for the local sheriff's office, Joel Gille, expressed his sympathy towards the Holman family in a statement. He said:
"Our hearts are out with the family, of course. They're going through a lot right now. But also the witnesses that were out here yesterday. It is a tough scene."
Friday marks day three of search efforts for a father and his five-year-old son that went missing Wednesday night during a fishing trip along the Neuse River. https://t.co/zyC2C95uwm— CBS 17 (@WNCN) March 26, 2021
Larry Pierce, the Wayne County Sheriff, in a press release, appreciated the several members of the community who assisted the search team with food and donations. Our prayers are with the Holman family.