Body of missing fisherman found

Choctawhatchee River

Jackson and 59-year-old John Martin Fears both of Chipley were thrown out of the boat as they fished in the Choctawhatchee River near Caryville Saturday morning, officials said. Fears made it to shore and alerted authorities who spent the next several days searching for Jackson.

Cecilia Spears
Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 14:32 PM.

The body of a fisherman missing since early Saturday morning has been recovered, officials said Wednesday morning. 

Stan Kirkland, a spokesman for Florida's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said the body of 49-year-old James Brice Jackson was recovered by another fisherman who spotted it about 300 yards downstream from where Jackson's boat overturned. 

Jackson and 59-year-old John Martin Fears both of Chipley were thrown out of the boat as they fished in the Choctawhatchee River near Caryville Saturday morning, officials said. Fears made it to shore and alerted authorities who spent the next several days searching for Jackson.

An autopsy is expected to be performed on Jackson but it appears he drowned and foul play is not suspected, Kirkland said.



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