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Missing Mathews waterman’s body found

The body of a 77-year-old Onemo resident who went missing on Sunday was found Monday in the Chesapeake Bay about 200 feet off the beach east of Winter Harbor.

Lowry Hudgins was the subject of an intense Coast Guard and Virginia Marine Resources Commission search when he didn’t return home from an afternoon of fishing. His wife, Glenna Hudgins, said he had left home around 4:30 p.m. to put a prop on an engine before going out gill netting to catch enough spot for supper.

When he didn’t come back, Hudgins said she went down to the nearby dock at Mill Landing, where her husband kept his small, 16-foot Carolina Skiff, and waited for him to return. She wasn’t concerned at first because she said he was both an experienced waterman and an experienced swimmer, but as time passed, she began to worry, and she contacted family members to go search for him.

Kevin Godsey, a family friend, found Hudgins’s boat upside down, with nets tangled around the propeller, said Glenn...

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