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Body of Missing Boater Recovered from James River

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A boater recovered from the James River after being reported missing has been identified as a 29-year-old husband and father from Colonial Heights.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Friday that Travis L. Whitley's body was found a day after he went missing.

Whitley's wife, Victoria Belvin, says she married Whitley six years ago and the two had an 8-year-old son together. She says you "never saw him without a smile."

A spokeswoman says Henrico County police and fire personnel responded to a boat landing south of Richmond just before 7 p.m. Wednesday after receiving a report of an "overdue" boater. Search efforts were suspended around 3:30 Thursday morning and resumed several hours later. Rescuers found Whitley's body Thursday afternoon.

Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.richmond.com

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