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Emergency crews in New York City say they have recovered the body of a missing marathon swimmer from Chapel Hill, multiple media outlets have reported.

Charles van der Horst disappeared under the surface of the Hudson River during a 120-mile race last week was found Tuesday, police told the New York Post.

His body was discovered around 9:50 a.m. along the Hudson River shoreline near Dyckman Street, according to the report.

Police say they identified the body from a medical alert bracelet with his name on it, the report said.

Van der Horst was in the second-to-last stage of the 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim when he disappeared. The final leg of the race was canceled, the report said.

He was a retired UNC professor of medicine emeritus who worked as a clinical trials training and global health consultant, according to his LinkedIn page.

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Joe Johnson is a reporter covering breaking stories for The News & Observer. He most recently covered towns in western Wake County and Chatham County. Before that, he covered high school sports for The Herald-Sun.
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