James River search continues for missing Chesterfield woman

RICHMOND, Va. — The search for Sarah Erway, 28, one of two women who went missing Monday after crossing the Bosher Dam, has entered its fourth day, but officials say they won’t stop searching until they can bring his family shut.

On Thursday morning, Henrico police told CBS 6 they were focusing their search and recovery efforts from the Bosher Dam to the Pony Pasture area. They said they narrowed the search to that area using their knowledge of the river.

Authorities found the body of Lauren Winstead, 23, Wednesday afternoon just west of the Powhite Parkway Bridge, about five miles from the Bosher Dam.


Lauren Winstead and Sarah Erway

Winstead, Erway and ten others were on inflatables in the river on Monday when they crossed Bosher Dam. Officials say the currents were too strong for the group to get out of the water.

Since the search shifted to a recovery effort, officials say they have no central command area.

Water levels on Monday were above 9 feet, which meant a life jacket and a special permit were needed on the water.

The river was still above 6 feet on Thursday, and life jackets are mandatory for anyone going out on the river.

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Brandon D. James