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Body of missing Adel man found

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ADEL, GA (WALB) –The body of an Adel man killed in the Haiti earthquake has finally been recovered and identified.

David Apperson's family was told he was the last of 16 American victims to be found.

Apperson was in Port-au-Prince on business with his father-in-law John Scarboro who survived the quake.

David Apperson's body was finally identified Wednesday, almost two months after the devastating earthquake in Haiti.

"We've been holding up pretty well," said Scarboro. "About three or four weeks into it we made up our mind that probably he was not coming back."

Apperson's body will be flown to Dover, Delaware from Port-au-Prince soon for an autopsy. It may be several weeks before his body is returned to Adel.

"He'll be truly missed not just by family but friends and he has a lot of friends," said Scarboro.

One of those long-time friends is Ryan Duren who works with Apperson wife's Lorrie.

"We'll always carry him in our hearts," said Duren.

Scarboro said Apperson loved karaoke, hunting and playing golf.

"Everybody he came in contact with liked him."

Apperson, Scarboro and two of their associates were on a business trip together when the earthquake struck in January. For weeks, the family has been waiting to get word on Apperson and now they says they have some closure.

Apperson's father-in-law Scarboro was able to dig himself out of the rubble.

"All Americans have been recovered now," said Scarboro. "David was the last one, a total of 16 Americans."

"It sort of was a relief because now we can get a little closure," said Duren.

Scarboro says he can't say for sure but he thinks he was the first American to return.

 "I didn't get out on my own," said Scarboro. "God got me out, paint by number. I moved from one place to another all the way through."

He says the devastation he witnessed laying on the streets after the earthquake is unforgettable.

The bodies of Apperson's business associates., New Yorker Joe Guercia and Californian Jim Birch were previously found.

Lorrie Apperson and John Scarboro attended their funerals.


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