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Missing Boater Found, Body Sent for Autopsy

NOKESVILLE, Va. — The body of 56-year-old Joe Emberton was found in a pond in Nokesville Thursday.

Emberton went missing on Monday night after boating on the Engh Pond off Aden Road. Emergency crews found his boat and towed it to shore Monday. Police divers and a helicopter spent the next three days searching the rural area for Emberton’s body.

It’s not clear how Emberton died. Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok said the body will has been taken to a state medical examiner for an autopsy. The results could take months, he added.

Emberton was said to be an avid boater who frequented local fishing areas. He also was an 33-year employee with the Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative.

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  • Jim Firaben

    Joe was a great guy! Going to miss him at work. My prayers go out to his family and friends! Rest In Peace my friend!

  • Scotty Jenkins

    Joe was a great guy. I worked with him for 16 years at NOVEC. Not only was he a co-worker, he was a close friend during that time. Joe loved his family dearly, we spent many days talking about our families. He will be missed by many. Prayers go out to his family and friends. RIP Joe.
    From your friend “Snooty”.

  • Joe was a good guy–he seemed to really love his job and was a dedicated and caring employee for NOVEC—wishing deepest sympathy to all his family–

  • Joe is one of the great ones! Will never forgoet about all the bow kills and bow almost kills! Still remember searching all night for the big one that got away! Miss you Bubba!

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