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Authorities search for Cary man missing at Jordan Lake

Posted August 27, 2015
Updated August 28, 2015

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— Authorities were searching Thursday evening for Tommie Columbus Justice Jr., 69, of Cary, who was reported missing after kayaking on Jordan Lake.

A spokeswoman with Chatham County said Justice was last seen about 12:20 p.m. A witnesses reported a kayak upside down in the water, and the vessel was later identified as belonging to Justice.

"One of the biggest challenges was a point last known, not knowing exactly where the subject was at," said North Chatham Fire Chief John Strowd. "We're covering a large area of water, and we're basically using sonar equipment to do that. It's back-and-forth, a lot of debris on the bottom of the Lake, and it's hard to see."

The Chatham County Sheriff's Office, Wake County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina State Highway Patrol, North Chatham Fire Department, state and county emergency management officials, the North Carolina Wildlife Commission and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers were searching the area around the Farrington Point boat ramp.

Authorities canceled the search at 8 p.m. Thursday night and said rescue efforts would resume Friday at 8 a.m.

Justice was wearing black shorts and a striped tank shirt.

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  • Chuck Willeford Aug 27, 2015
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    Its wasnt at night, wral got it wrong

  • Steven Brown Aug 27, 2015
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    Kayaking at night is not the issue, the apparent lack of a life jacket on the other hand seems to be...

  • Charles Boyer Aug 27, 2015
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    Perhaps not the best idea, but with a waxing and near-full moon, one can see pretty well out there at night.

  • Brian White Aug 27, 2015
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    Why was he out kayaking after midnight?