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Man's body found in Lake Norman during police welfare check

Published: Dec. 17, 2015 at 2:23 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 16, 2016 at 2:23 PM EST
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LAKE NORMAN, NC (WBTV) - A man was found dead in Lake Norman near Holiday Marina Thursday morning after concerned family members called to check on their loved one.

Cornelius Police tell WBTV they believe the man had a medical condition or died of natural causes and that led to his drowning.

Neighbors saw the police activity around 8:19 Thursday morning.

"I was out on my back porch," neighbor Nancy Woodcock said. "And I looked out and saw a bunch of caution tape in the cove, and you can tell it was cops and something was going on."

Woodcock said she thought something was wrong and knew trouble was in the water.

"I had a girlfriend here last night who walked home," she said, "And I was scared to death it was her. She walks that way."

Cornelius police said the victim was a man in his 60s. They are waiting on family to release his name.

"It's just sad," Woodcock said, "When anybody passed away like that."

Police say a call from the man's father prompted them to come out to the area and check on him. The marina manager tells WBTV the victim's father called him looking for his son. He went searching and found the body floating in the water. The manager says the last time he saw the victim alive was Tuesday.

Police taped off an area around the marina office next to the Rusty Rudder restaurant off Henderson Road.

Medic confirmed that one person was pronounced dead when emergency personnel arrived after 8:15 a.m.

Cornelius police have not said how the man died but are investigating the circumstances. Investigators have not found any signs of foul play.

That is a relief to neighbors, who are glad a murderer is not on the loose in their community.

"I moved her to escape that," neighbor Eric Galarza said.

Officials said the victim is not from the area and may have been spending time on his boat the past few days.

Cornelius Lake Patrol, NC Wildlife, Cornelius-Lemley Fire and Rescue all assisted the Cornelius Police Department. The Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner is conducting the autopsy.

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