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UPDATE: Body of Jeryl Dickerson, kayaker missing for nearly 3 weeks, found

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(WJLA) - The body of a kayaker who went missing on the Potomac River nearly three weeks ago was found Monday morning.

Jeryl Dickerson of Woodbridge, Va. went missing while kayaking on the Potomac on May 7, 2014. (Courtesy Photo)

According to officials from the Maryland Natural Resources Police, the body was recovered from the river and is being transported to a medical examiner's office for an autopsy.

"The investigation is ongoing," officials tweeted Monday morning.

An earlier press release indicated Jeryl Dickerson, 22, and a friend were attempting to paddle 5 miles across the river from Cole's Point near Hague, Va. to Tall Timbers Marina in St. Mary's County, Md. the morning of May 7 when Dickerson became fatigued.

His friend reportedly told him to rest near a navigational light while he paddled back into Virginia to borrow a friend's powerboat to come back and get him.

When the friend got back, he could not locate Dickerson, whom he said was not wearing a lifejacket.

After searching for Dickerson, the friend called the Coast Guard and NRP. The empty kayak was recovered that same day along the Virginia shore not far from where the two men set out.

Several days of searching by divers and aircraft failed to locate the missing paddler. A number of Maryland and Virginia agencies and local authorities were involved in the search.

According to friends, the 22-year-old Woodbridge, Va. man was engaged to be married to the mother of his two children, six-month-old twins, Antony and Ava. A GoFundMe site has been set up to accept donations for the family for a fund for the couple's three children, and funeral arrangements.

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