UPDATE: Body recovered in North Platte River

Published: Jul. 14, 2016 at 9:32 AM CDT
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Members of the Lincoln County Dive Team and Investigators from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office recovered the body of nineteen year old Samson Charles.

He was positively identified and his death will be ruled accidental drowning. Drugs and alcohol were not a factor.


People all over the world are reacting to the death of a young man from Tanzania, In North Platte to take college classes and play basketball.

Officials believe he drowned in the North Platte River while on a kayaking trip Monday.

Samson Charles picture is on the Knight's Softball Facebook page. The team wrote, "Rest in paradise our friend." It also says Samson Charles was the number one fan who was always humble and kind and cheered us at every game. It says "our NPCC family is hurting with the loss of a wonderful young man. There wasn't a person he didn't say hello to and make their day brighter with his contagious smile"