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GREENEVILLE, TN (WJHL) -

Search and rescue efforts have changed to recovery efforts for a young man in Greene County.

Sunday was the fourth day volunteer rescuers from Greene County to Jefferson County continue their efforts to bring closure to a local family.

Rescue squads from Greene and Hawkins County have been dragging the river, as well as searching with the use of side scan sonar technology. Sunday they brought out cadaver dogs for the second time, which gives them reassurance of where Nuham Vidal Martinez's body may be.

Recovery efforts continue in the muddy waters of the Nolichucky River.

"That's why we're here for, to help. We're all Christians, we're all brothers and sisters," said friend and interpreter, Cruc Alcndran.

But it's very clear for Martinez's four sisters who have waited days to see their brother once again.

"It's been a long time and he's still under the water since Wednesday," said Alcndran.

Search teams are now working on a specific part of the 115 mile long river to recover the body. They say their efforts have narrowed to a sandbar, feet away from where Martinez went under.

"Those cadaver dogs we sent up and they located the same area they did on Friday, so we're concentrating on that area," said Green County Sheriff's rescuer, Wesley Holt.

Rescuers believe that Martinez's body could be buried underneath the sand and are now using a rake with multiple fish hooks to see if the can find clothing or his body.

"We're trying to be here for the family. We want to recover the body, give them some closure in their life," said Holt.

While volunteers continue to search, Martinez's family continues to come out and pray.

Alcndran tells News Channel 11, "they know that he's dead and they accepted that part, but they would feel so much better if they found the body."

This was Martinez's first time visiting the Nolichucky River. He did not know how to swim and was not wearing a life jacket.

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