Crews recover body of Chesterfield man who went missing in Virginia creek

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JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — Crews have recovered the body of a Chesterfield County man who went missing Monday in College Creek in James City County.

Police and fire were called to the creek, off of Colonial Parkway, around 7:15 p.m. Monday for a report of a swimmer who went underwater and didn’t come back up.

Crews from the National Park Service, the Williamsburg Fire Department, Virginia Marine Police, the Navy and the Coast Guard all began searching for the man. At about 10:15 p.m., the search turned into a recovery operation.

Police identified the man as 23-year-old Tony Jimenez Garcia, of Chesterfield County.

Garcia was visiting the area Monday with a church group. Witnesses reported that he and a relative had been fishing and went into the water to cool off. They both tried to swim out to a sandbar when Garcia went under and did not resurface. He was not wearing a life vest, police said.

“Unfortunately there is a very strong current that goes through that area and he went underwater as they were swimming across and did not resurface,” said James City County spokeswoman Stephanie Williams.

Officials suspect Garcia drowned. His body has yet to be found. Crews planned to return Tuesday morning to continue recovery efforts.

Officials said they suspect Garcia drowned. His body was found shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday.

A GoFundMe has been set up for Garcia and his family. Click here to donate.

Last year, 27-year-old Edwin Alexander Tejada Delgado drowned while swimming in College Creek. Rubino told 10 On Your Side at the time that the creek is a popular swimming spot, but there are signs warning of the danger of a strong rip tide, deep water and that it is unsafe for swimming or wading.

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