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08/10/04

Missing Boaters' Bodies Found

There's a sad end for a tragic boating accident off Tybee Island. Today Savannah-Chatham Marine Patrol found the bodies of two missing boaters, 17-year-old Daniel Friese and 20-year-old Matthew Cason. It wasn't the ending everyone was hoping for, but police and family are glad to finally have some closure.

The bodies were found by two days after the boat they were riding in crashed into a shrimp boat and ejected them into the water. "Both bodies were located within a 100 yards from where the original crash took place," said SCMPD spokesman Bucky Burnsed.

Just yesterday, Coast Guard and Marine Patrol and even family members combed the north Tybee shores, looking for their loved ones, praying for a happy ending. Now police are just glad to finally give the family some closure.

"We're just glad we were able to recover the bodies for the family's sake and put that to rest," said Burnsed.

And while their search-and-recovery mission has ended, the questions into what may have happened that fateful night are just beginning. "Now we move on to the more intensive investigation into what took place, and if further charges are warranted," said Burnsed.

The driver of the boat, 24-year-old Chad Cason, is already being charged with boating under the influence and reckless driving. More charges are pending.

Reported by: Melanie Ruberti, mruberti@wtoc.com

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