Body recovered near Tylers Beach in Smithfield ID’d as missing boater


UPDATE: (3/5/18) — A body found Sunday has been confirmed as that of Austin Savage, according to Captain Milt Robinson with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Conservation Police.

Robinson confirmed the cause of death was drowning.

The body was found on a beach of the James River near the Burwell Bay shoreline in Isle of Wight County.

Savage, 20, and 29-year-old Kyle Englehart left Jamestown Yacht Basin on January 3 to go fix a duck blind across the James River and hadn’t been seen since.

As of Monday there’s still an active search underway for the second man.

It’s been an extensive two month search, but David Englehart isn’t slowing down.

“I’ve been here every day,” he said.

News that Savage was found on Sunday wasn’t easy for Englehart to handle.

“I’m crushed. I’m crushed. I met with his dad last night,” he said. “It’s hard to get your head around it. It is. I know it’s an ugly nightmare and I’ve cried a river of tears.”

Englehart doesn’t know what happened to the young men but is confident his son will be found too.

“I will find him. Somebody’s’ going to find him. I might not be the one, but somebody on these shores, or a fisherman, but I’m going to be here every day,” he said.

State and local officials will also continue searching on boats and by air until Englehart is found.

According to a release from Robinson “The nor’easter storm from last week may have loosen or agitated underwater matter or materials resulting in the release of the body from the bottom or entrapments. This could also include gas build-up from the decomposing body that makes the body buoyant.”

SMITHFIELD, Va. (WAVY) — Deputies in Isle of Wight County say they have recovered a body along the James River near Tylers Beach Sunday afternoon.

Officials say a call came in around 3 p.m. notifying them about the body.

Lee Walker with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries says it is being transported to the Medical Examiner’s office to be identified.

The father of 20-year-old Austin Savage, one of the two duck hunters that went missing in the water near Jamestown during the winter storm in January, tells 10 On Your Side he believes it may be his son based on the ID found on the body.

Stay on for updates.

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