No new clues on day two of river search for Jonathan Dorey

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The disappearance of a VCU exchange student remains a mystery despite a second day of searching the James River. 

22 year old Jonathan Dorey hasn't been seen since March 2. Some of his belongings were found Wednesday near Rocketts Landing, so another search was done. Detectives from VCU and Richmond police as well as Richmond fire and rescue teams spent another six hours at the river Thursday, but no new evidence turned up.

What was a relaxing day for local fisherman, was anything but for search and rescue teams.

"We come out here just about every day after we get off work and do a little bit of fishing when the shad are running. It was very surprising to find out there might be a body floating in this vicinity," said Ralph Norcom.

But no such discovery by Richmond divers after an exhaustive search by boat for any sign of Jonathan Dorey. The current was too strong for diving. At one point, a cadaver dog was brought aboard to sniff for a human scent.

A sight search aboard a Virginia State Police helicopter spanned from Rocketts Landing in Richmond to Osborne Landing in Henrico. Before wrapping up Thursday, divers again combed the north shoreline just below the pier where Dorey's belongings were found the day before. The same items William Carney believes he saw just this past Sunday.

"I came to walk around and then I saw the bag," said Carney.

The significant break came three weeks after Dorey went missing and on the same day Dorey's parents made a plea for his safe return. The exchange student from England was last seen leaving VCU's Gladding Residence Center with his mountain bike.

"Makes you think where the body is at is anybody in the water," said Carney.

Police still do not suspect foul play. The Dorey family spokesman says he has no comment at this time, only to say they're waiting for some positive news. 

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