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Regular Expression Matching... delete part of the match

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I havnt used RE's too much.  This might be a really easy question, but i have no clue.  The code I have so far is listed below.  

Im to find a persons first/last name.. the format isnt always the same, so I'm just throwing the most common ones in there.  The problem I am trying to solve on this, on the following string:
"bla bla blah, newline, newilne, name: bob jones whatever whatever junk hey ha newline"
The result is "name: bob jones"

Is there an easy way for me to just get "bob jones" (i.e. drop name|name:|full name|full name:|contact|contact name|contact:|contact name: or whatever was matched?)
Dim reg As New System.Text.RegularExpressions.Regex("(name|name:|full name|full name:|contact|contact name|contact:|contact name:)\s\w*\s\w*")
        Dim matches As System.Text.RegularExpressions.MatchCollection
        matches = reg.Matches(body.ToLower())
        If matches.Count > 0 Then
 
        End If

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(?<=name: )bob jones

Would match "name: bob jones" and return just "bob jones" in capture group 0.
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by:BobBarker_99
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great, i thought there must be something like that, but had no idea what it was.

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Thanks for the question and the points.
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