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Drowning victim found

July 01, 1997

By DAVE McMILLION

Staff Writer, Martinsburg

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The body of a Charles Town man who drowned on Saturday was pulled from the Shenandoah River on Monday, officials said.

John Sherey, 35, was found about 10:30 a.m. by a fisherman who was helping authorities search for him, said Ed Smith, chief of the Independent Fire Co. in Ranson.

Sherey's body was found about 300 yards downstream from the point he went under water, said Smith.

The fisherman noticed the body in a rocky area of the river about 100 feet from the bank, Smith said. Sherey disappeared Saturday evening about a half-mile downstream of the Bloomery Bridge, officials said.

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Sherey had spent Saturday in the area with friends, according to witnesses. One witness said Sherey had been drinking and had been warned not to go in the river.

Sherey dove in the water, surfaced, and then went under, said Timmy Haynes of Charles Town.

Haynes said he and others who rent space along the river swam around on the river looking for Sherey after he went under.

The Independent Fire Co. Dive Rescue Team arrived at the river about 8 p.m. Saturday, but were unable to do more than one search before dark, officials said.

Volunteer firefighters spent Sunday diving and searching the river trying to find Sherey. Sherey's body was found just below the point where firefighters ended their search Sunday, said Smith.

About five members of the Independent Fire Co. helped pull Sherey from the river, Smith said.

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