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June 23, 2013

NRP Searches for Missing Swimmer in Denton

by Martha

***Update: The swimmer’s body recovered by NRP at around 12 p.m on 6/26, about a mile from where he was last seen.

The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) are searching for Todd Heaton, 32 from Greensboro, Md., after he went missing while swimming on Saturday, June 22 in the Choptank River near Denton.

Heaton was fishing on a boat with a friend on the Choptank when he went for a swim and was swept up by the current. A witness saw Heaton go underwater while trying to swim for the boat but did not see him resurface. NRP along with Volunteer Fire units from Preston, Federalsburg, Denton, and Seaford, Delaware, searched for the missing man until dark on June 22. NRP officers searched the area on Sunday and Monday but did not locate him. A search of the area is still underway at this time.

NRP reminds citizens to wear lifejackets when swimming in open or unfamiliar waters.

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