CURRITUCK-- An emotional search for a missing boater that lasted nearly a month has come to an end.

Sheriff Susan Johnson says a family member found Ricky Ballance's body in the Coinjock Bay. Around noon Sunday, deputies recovered his body from the water. Officials took Ballance's body to the medical examiner's office.

Ballance went missing just before Christmas. His friends, family and emergency responders gave up their holiday to help search for him.

Earlier this year, Ballance got married. His family tells us Ricky grew up on the water. He loved to hunt and fish.

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