Body of missing USPS truck driver found in the Neuse River near Kinston

The body of a truck driver missing since his rig went over the side of a bridge into the Neuse River near Kinston last month was found over the weekend, about two miles downriver.

Two duck hunters came across the body of Richard White Jr. near the King Street boat launch area at about 11 a.m. Saturday, said Sgt. Scott Hemby of the State Highway Patrol. Hemby said the medical examiner ruled White’s death a drowning.

“We don’t know if he was thrown from the vehicle or he tried to get out,” Hemby said in an interview. “But he did end up in the river and subsequently drowned.”

White, who lived in Elizabethtown, was driving an empty mail truck westbound on U.S. 70/258 when the truck crashed through the concrete railing along the left lane and fell between the twin spans that carry the road across the Neuse River.

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