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Woman dies in suspected drowning

A 39-year-old King and Queen County woman died over the Memorial Day holiday in a suspected drowning in Gloucester County, according to a release from Capt. J.L. Sharp of the Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office.

At around 7 p.m. Monday, Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office Communications received a call of a missing swimmer in the area of the Cappahosic boat landing on the York River. A multi-agency search and rescue operation was coordinated with Gloucester Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Abingdon Volunteer Fire and Rescue, the United States Coast Guard, and James City County Fire and Rescue. Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office Uniform Patrol deputies assisted with the search and deployed a drone in the area.

At approximately 7:46 p.m., an unresponsive female was located near the shoreline of the York River in the 6000 block of Allmondsville Road, which is just north of Cappahosic Landing. The female was given medical treatment at the scene and transported to the Riverside Walter Reed Hospital where she was pronounced deceased.

The woman has been identified as Crystal Dawn Hilton of Little Plymouth. The Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division is conducting a death investigation in this incident. Additionally, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has been notified and will determine the cause and manner of death.

This remains an active investigation, Sharp indicated in the Tuesday afternoon news release.