BENTONVILLE, Ark. (WCMH) — Authorities in Arkansas found the bodies of a missing Ohio Wesleyan student and his father on Sunday near a lake after multiple weeks of searching for them.
According to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, the bodies of Ohio Wesleyan sophomore Charley Morris and his father Chuck Morris were recovered in the area of Lost Bridge Village near Beaver Lake in northwest Arkansas.
The BCSO and numerous other law enforcement divisions began searching for them on March 16 after a kayaking accident during a spring break trip.
Charley Morris ran cross country and track and field at Ohio Wesleyan University. Kris Boey, director of Cross Country & Track and Field, said the past few weeks have been a roller coaster of emotions. He said teammates’ hearts have been with and will continue to be with the Morris family.
“Charley was, he just had a magnetic personality, people were attracted to him, he was an awesome teammate in the sense that he could connect with everybody,” he said.
Boey was one of Morris’ coaches. He said the 20-year-old had a subtle but amazing sense of humor.
“Charley was team before self and he was the first one to congratulate somebody else, even a competitor who maybe beat him, but he was the first one to shake a hand or give a hug and celebrate when a teammate achieved,” Boey said.
The team is three meets into its outdoor season and championship season is coming up. Boey said the team is competing for Charley because it’s what he’d want.
“Whether it’s spoken or unspoken, I think everybody has Charley in their heart and certainly in their mind and in their prayers,” he said. “We’ve seen some amazing performances despite how hard this has been for everyone personally and I really think that’s a testament to their desire to honor Charley.”
A celebration of life is being planned for Tuesday.