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Delaware Police Recover Bodies Of 2 Friends Who Went Missing During Hurricane Irene

HOCKESSIN, Del. (CBS) – Police in northern Delaware have recovered the bodies of two men who went missing early Sunday morning during the height of Hurricane Irene.

A little after 3 p.m., the New Castle County Police Department organized a search team in Hockessin for 25-year-old Christopher Valentine of Hockessin and 25-year-old Jean Baptista of Clark, N.J. after Valentine’s mother reported them missing earlier in the afternoon.

Valentine and Baptista were last seen leaving a friend’s home in the Cameron Hills neighborhood midnight Saturday.

According to authorities, the victims sent a text to a friend just after midnight indicating that they were going to run through the hurricane.

Police were able to determine the message was sent as they were in the area of Campbell and Centerville roads.

The cause of death remains under investigation.

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  • JinDE

    Check your facts – the text message says they were “running” and Irene. It’s not clear that there was any premeditated intention to “run through the hurricane”.

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    […] Twenty-five-year-old Christopher Valentine, of Hockessin, and 25-year-old Jean Baptista, of Clark in NJ, were found dead after being declared missing by Valentine’s mother on Sunday afternoon (see related story). […]

  • Jo Dean

    Oh wow that is very sad indeed. Poor folks.

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