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May 22, 2014

NRP Seeks Public’s Help in Locating Missing Kayaker

by kking
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Investigators for the Maryland Natural Resources Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Woodbridge, Va., man last seen kayaking two weeks ago on the Potomac River from Virginia to Maryland.

Jeryl Cordelle Dickerson Jr., 22, was last seen paddling across the river in the morning hours. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, a white t-shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call NRP Cpl. Christopher Morris at 410-972-1529.

“We want his family to know that we’re still working the case. We want to give them closure,” said Morris. “This will remain an open investigation until we find him.”

Dickerson and another man were attempting to paddle five miles across the river from Cole’s Point near Hague, Va., to Tall Timbers Marina in St. Mary’s County on May 7, when the missing man became fatigued. His companion told him to wait near a navigational light while he paddled back to Virginia to borrow a neighbor’s powerboat.

When the friend returned in a boat, he could not locate Dickerson, who was not wearing a lifejacket. After searching for Dickerson, the friend called the Coast Guard and NRP. The empty kayak was recovered that same day along the Virginia shore not far from where the two men set out.

Several days of searching by divers and aircraft failed to locate the missing paddler. A number of Maryland and Virginia agencies, and local authorities have been involved in the search, which will continue until Dickerson is located.

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