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DEVELOPING: Paddlers find body in river

April 4, 2011

Two men in canoes on the South Fork River have found the body of a man floating in the water.

Investigators hope an autopsy will help them determine the man's identity and how he died.

Elliott Teague and Justin Collins said they were in separate canoes Sunday when Teague spotted the body dressed in pants and work boots floating near a log on an isolated stretch of the river in Catawba County.

The body was found near U.S. 321 between Newton and Maiden.

Deputies say the body may have been in the river for as long as two weeks.



April 4, 2011 by ryray (not verified), 4 years 8 weeks ago
Comment: 281

I have kayak that stretch of the river for many years now and was contemplating doing it Saturday. I am glad that I didn't as that would have been freaky.

The typical Catawba County resident doesn't appericate the nature and beauty we have in the three rivers in the western side of the county. You have to time the river just right as there are many spots where it gets very shallow and there are also many trees across the river obstructing your progress so you must excercise caution.

I feel sorry for whoever lost a family member but I doubt that this is an accident. Anyone fishing or doing other recreational activities would have been missed. This poor chap was probably dumped like the hundreds of tires thrown in that very same river.


April 4, 2011 by Backbone (not verified), 4 years 8 weeks ago
Comment: 280 bites the dust in Catawbastan!

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