Body found in Appomattox confirmed as missing swimmer

PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - Chesterfield divers recovered a body from the Appomattox River Monday and the medical examiner announced Tuesday that it is the body of Jeffery Zudonyi.

He was found in the same area where he went missing late Sunday while swimming with friends. Petersburg police kept the scene secure and our camera away.

Chesterfield divers searched the river for about five hours Monday before coming across his body.

Zudonyi's mother was she upset about her son, but also furious with the people who last saw him alive.

Chesterfield forensic investigators and detectives walked down the long dirt road to Battersea beach just south of Campbell's bridge.

That's where divers focused their search for 35-year-old Zudonyi.

"The people he was with won't even call me and tell me that they're sorry that he's gone, no nothing," said Kathy McEwen, Zudonyi's mother.

Zudonyi was at the river with two friends Sunday afternoon.

Police said, Zudonyi dropped his hat and when he took a couple steps out into the water, he was swept in by the strong current.

"Which doesn't sound logical because he grew up in Lake Michigan we wouldn't go in collecting hats," said McEwen.

Zudonyi, who was engaged to be married, has an older and a younger sister.

They grew up in Illinois and moved to Petersburg to be closer to his grandmother.

Chesterfield fire crews urge people to be aware of how fast the water is moving before taking a swim and to let people know where you are going to be.

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