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Authorities: Body of Charles Folsom, 90, has been found

Posted at 6:14 PM, Aug 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-24 20:58:59-04

After three days of searching, authorities said they found the body of missing Fremont man Charles Folsom about 5:30 p.m. Friday in the Elkhorn River in Dodge County. 

Fremont Police said in a statement that Folsom's body was recovered at about 6 p.m. Friday after authorities searching from the air spotted a body in the river about a mile from where searchers on foot had found some of the man's personal property on Wednesday. 

Folsom, 90, was reported missing on Tuesday. His vehicle, a gray Chevy Equinox, was found Wednesday morning about 10 miles outside of Fremont, next to a cornfield near the Elkhorn River. During the course of the search, authorities deployed helicopters, drones, and boats in the area, and hundreds of volunteers showed up to help.

By Thursday, the effort had become a recovery mission. Investigators told 3 News Now they had expected to find Folsom in the river after finding some of his clothing and his SUV nearby.

People in the area who knew Folsom as "Major Chuck" said he was popular in the community; he was a veteran and Purple Heart recipient.

"Our agency would like to thank everyone who helped in the search and recovery of Mr. Charles Folsom," the Fremont Police Department said in a statement to the press. "No other information is available at this time."