Police find body of Chesterfield man who disappeared in College Creek

Police find body of Chesterfield man who disappeared in College Creek

JAMES CITY COUNTY, VA (WWBT) - James City County police have found the body of a 23-year-old Chesterfield man who disappeared in College Creek on Monday evening. This comes 24 hours after the man went missing.

Police said Tony Jimenez Garcia was visiting the area with a church group. Witnesses told police that he and a relative had been fishing and went into the water to cool off.

Officers said the two attempted to swim out to a sandbar when Garcia went underwater and did not come back up. WAVY reported Garcia was not wearing a life vest at the time and was last seen wearing a black bathing suit.

"The current is a lot stronger than people realize. It doesn't take much for them to become overcome, and once they go down under the water, they don't resurface," a James City County official said.

James City County officials believe Garcia drowned.

Crews were called to the scene around 7:15 p.m.

The search was called off late Monday night due to the darkness, and the search resumed Tuesday morning.

A similar incident happened last year when 27-year-old Edwin Alexander Tejada Delgado drowned while swimming in College Creek.

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