PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Coast Guard crews suspended their search for a missing fisherman, after the Virginia Marine Resources Commission recovered a body matching the description of the missing mariner around 9 a.m. Saturday.

Portsmouth Coast Guard crews and their partners began the search after the fisherman did not return from a fishing trip on the Chesapeake Bay Thursday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Virginia received a call at 1:40 p.m. from the son of the man, who said his father left from Ingram Bay on the Northern Neck at 8 a.m. and had not returned.

Sector Virginia issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast and launched a crew from Coast Guard Station Milford Haven aboard a 45-foot Response Boat. They also informed the Virginia Marine Resources Commission and the Department of Wildlife Resources.

Crews found the fisherman’s boat unanchored and adrift with no one on boat.

An MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew and an HC-130 Hercules aircrew from Air Station Elizabeth City were called to aid in the search.

Crews searched overnight and were still looking as of noon Friday.

On Saturday, a good Samaritan called police to report finding a body in the water near Ingram Bay.

On Sept. 8, Virginia Marine Police said the body has been identified as 69-year-old John Lovern of Heathsville. His body was taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office to determine his cause of death.

Agencies involved in the search included:

  • Coast Guard Station Milford Haven
  • Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City HC-130 aircraft and MH-60 helicopter
  • Coast Guard Cutter Sailfish
  • Virginia Marine Resources Commission Fixed Wing Aircraft
  • Department of Wildlife Resources
  • Smith Point Rescue
  • Abington Fire Department
  • Gloucester Fire Department
  • Poquoson Fire Department