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Fort Bragg identifies missing kayaker

Posted October 6, 2010
Updated October 7, 2010

— Fort Bragg authorities on Wednesday identified a kayaker who has been missing since Sunday after capsizing on the Little River.

Alexander “Possum” Gillespie, 50, of Fayetteville, is a civilian employee at Fort Bragg.

He kayaking on the river Sunday with two other people, who made it safely to shore.

Fort Bragg Emergency Services personnel have coordinated a rescue effort that has included soldiers and equipment from units across post, as well as Fayetteville, Cumberland County and state law enforcement and rescue teams.

Fort Bragg Fire Department Battalion Chief Gerald Auch, the incident commander, said the terrain and fast water caused by recent heavy rains has made the search difficult.

Water levels of the Little River have dropped from 11.5 to 6 feet in the days since Gillespie went missing, authorities said.


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  • tarheel4life Oct 7, 2010

    "He kayaking on the river Sunday with two other people"

    might want to add something there...

  • sweetp1987 Oct 6, 2010

    Our prayers go out to the family!

  • boobabync2002 Oct 6, 2010

    we took the trip on friday and yes, the water was moving very fast. the internet claims this is a 8 mile trip but since ft. bragg has closed itself off, the trip now takes you all the way to spring lake. please make sure you leave early enough to do 20 miles, about 6 hours. the put-in is at morrison bridge rd. please dont go over any of the three spillways that along the trip as we now know what can happen. think safety, folks. mother nature is far superior to us mere mortals no matter how invincible we think we are. god bless possum's family!

  • Adelinthe Oct 6, 2010

    Awww, praying for those who love him and for those who are looking for him.

    God bless.