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Family 99 percent certain body found is of missing swimmer

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Updated: 6/19/2013 6:28 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It has been four days since Quinton Harris, 30, disappeared under the water at Huguenot Memorial Park. And there is still no confirmation from JSO the body that washed ashore Monday on Little Talbot Island belongs to him.

It's been a hard few days for Harris' family.

His mom told Action News he loved the beach. But Peggy Jackson said he didn't like going too far out in the water. She was surprised to learn he had been swimming about 50 yards out when he started struggling and then went under.

"Your child should be burying you but I'm the one, the mother, who's got to put him down to rest and it's so hard," said Jackson.

A single phone call turned into this mother's worst nightmare. She was in church at home in South Carolina when she was informed Harris had gone under swimming at Huguenot Memorial Park and never came back up.

"He was a good son. A loving son. A caring son," she said.

The week has been a long one for Harris' family. Together, they wait in his Jacksonville home for confirmation his body has been found.

"A piece of me wanted not to find a body. And a piece of me did want to find a body," said his brother Raregous Harris.

Monday, Florida Fish and Wildlife confirmed a body washed ashore on Little Talbot Island, one mile from where Harris had been swimming. The family said they're 99 percent sure it's his.

"He was my best friend," his brother said.

Raregous Harris said his brother's memory will live on through all of them. This family is grateful for all the first responders who spent hours on the water searching for Harris.

"I just thank them for doing a good job. Searching for my son. That I can take him home and lay him down to rest," said Jackson.

Three teenage boys were able to save Harris' friend, who had also been struggling in the water, but when they realized Harris was out there too, they went back in for him and told Action News they couldn't find him.

The family told Action News they thank those boys for their efforts trying to save him.

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