Boy drowns in Lake Hickory

A cookout on Lake Hickory turned tragic Saturday when a five-year-old boy drowned at Dixie Boat Club.

Cody Ray Johnson, 5, was found at the bottom of Lake Hickory after he apparently wandered away from a cookout his mother and siblings attended Saturday evening, said Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid.

"They got ready to eat around 8:30 when they realized they couldn't find Cody," Reid said adding that nearly 20 people at the cookout began searching the lake access off 54th Avenue NE near Sulphur Springs Road. "In five or 10 minutes they found him at the bottom of the lake in shallow water."

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