Human skull identified

A human skull found near the Port of Wilmington has been identified as the remains of a man missing since 2007.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner says the skull found last month in Wilmington has been positively identified as 47-year-old Gary R. Mayo of Wilmington.

Mayo reportedly fell off a 20-foot boat into the Christina River on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2007.  There were several unsuccessful attempts to rescue him before he submerged into the river. Extensive searches conducted by the Delaware State Police were unsuccessful.

The remains were exposed on muddy tidal flats and recovered by a boater along the shoreline of the Delaware River about 300 yards south of the Port of Wilmington.

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