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.