Body of missing 13-year-old swimmer found in Gloucester

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GLOUCESTER COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — The body of a 13-year-old who went missing while swimming Friday has been found.

Chandler “Chad” Shetterly’s body was found in the water around 7:15 a.m. Sunday, according to Drew Luellen with Abingdon Volunteer Fire and Rescue. The Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office says the boy’s body was discovered by someone walking the beach about a half mile from where he initially went missing.

All agencies suspended their search at Gloucester Point Beach Saturday evening. 

Chandler Shetterly (Photo courtesy Tiffany Lapitan)

At 4:40 p.m. Friday, the Coast Guard received a report that the boy went missing while swimming with his sister. He was playing in the water near the fishing pier when he went under and didn’t come back up.

Amy Shetterly, Chad’s sister, said, “I don’t know if he went under, or if he went out. I mean, we have hope. I’m hoping he just wandered off but, it’s been six hours now… but nothing has been found yet.”

Shetterly was wearing a red, white and blue bathing suit and did not have a flotation device.

The Coast Guard launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City. A 29-foot response boat from Station Milford Haven in Hudgins also responded. Divers went into the water as well.

The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office, the York County Fire Department, the Abingdon Volunteer Fire Department, the Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office, the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, the Newport News Fire Department, Hampton police and the Hampton Fire Department assisted in the search.

Officials say they covered 44 square miles of the York River searching for the boy.

This is a developing story. Stay with for updates.