Marvell Edmonson's body recovered; search continues for Jauwan M. Holmes

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PETERSBURG, Va. (AP) - Police say a body recovered from the Appomattox River has been identified as that of one of two college students missing since Saturday.

The students went missing Saturday near the Appomattox River. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Media reports say Chesterfield County police said the body recovered Monday is been positively identified as that of 19-year-old Marvell Edmonson. The search continued Tuesday for a fellow Virginia State University freshman, 19-year-old Jauwan M. Holmes.

Authorities have been searching for the two since they entered the chilly river with a group near the campus in Petersburg. They were last seen near the Martin Luther King Bridge.

A university spokesman says the two students were not participating in any activities related to the school. Spokesman Thomas Reed says the disappearance is under investigation, after a number of social media posts claimed the men were taking part in some sort of initiation ritual.

Reed says they were not participating in any VSU-sanctioned events, but that hazing had been a problem with some groups.

Authorities planned to continue the search until dusk.

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