April 22, 2013 6:05 PM
PETERSBURG, Va. (AP) - A body recovered from the Appomattox River is believed to be one of two Virginia State University students missing since Saturday.
Media reports say the body was located by divers Monday afternoon. It was taken to the medical examiner's office in Richmond for identification.
April 22, 2013
Two Virginia State University (VSU) students are still missing, after being last seen in the Appomattox River early Saturday morning.
Officials say the search for the two freshmen has now moved from a rescue mission to a recovery.
Some of the students involved say the late-night swim was part of a hazing ritual for an organization called “Men of Honor”. They say group leaders told them there was land all the way across the water.
The students say they thought they were joining a legitimate organization, but VSU says they do not sponsor any organization by that name.
"They made it seem like we were doing it for a school organization," says Christian Cavazos, a witness to the incident. "But they got kicked off a long time ago."
The two men still missing are Jauwan Holmes and Marvell Edmondson.