CLAY COUNTY, AR (KAIT) – Search crews found the body of Charles Dickens Wednesday morning.
According to the Clay County Sheriff's Office, Dickens was found around 10am Wednesday morning about a mile and a half from the St. Francis River Bridge. The cause of death has not been released.
Charles Dickens of Campbell, Missouri, vanished early Sunday morning after a friend's boat capsized approximately 15 miles south of where the St. Francis River crosses Missouri State Highway 1. Clay County Sheriff Gerald McClung said the boat was found on Memorial Day.
McClung said the 14-foot long Jon Boat was found partially submerged in an area where the river spreads out more than a mile wide. This month's record flooding hampered search and rescue efforts.
McClung said an investigation into the boating incident is ongoing. He would not elaborate on the details of the investigation.
According to McClung, four people were fishing on the St. Francis River early Sunday morning. He said his office received a call for help shortly after 6:30 that morning. Lisa Dickens, Charles' wife, was found in knee deep water holding onto a tree more than an hour after the incident.
"She got out in some of the back water and she had no idea where she was, but she heard the rescuers out there. She began to scream and they heard her and they were able to bring her in," said McClung. "Three were able to get out. Two got out together yesterday (Sunday) morning. The wife, she was able to make it to land, but she didn't' know where she was. She thought she might be walking in circles."
McClung said debris from the boat was scattered along the river. Some items have been recovered. The boat is currently being held by the Clay County Sheriff's Department.