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Body Found in Jordan Lake Identified as Missing Ramseur Man

Posted May 21, 2007

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— Rangers at Jordan Lake State Park on Monday recovered a body found floating in the reservoir and confirmed that it was a Ramseur man who had been missing since Thursday.

Sgt. Reggie Barker of the State Wildlife Commission said the state medical examiner's office in Chapel Hill had determined that the man was Jamie Burney, 36.

Burney disappeared last Thursday evening after he jumped into the water with friends while they were boating near the park's Seaforth beach and boat-launch area. Barker said the body turned up close to 1,000 yards from where searchers had been looking.

Burney wasn’t wearing a life jacket and was paralyzed on one side of his body, investigators said.

Searchers spent the weekend crisscrossing the water, dragging for the body and using cadaver dogs that are trained to pick up scents from bodies, even from below the water.

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  • simracer68 May 22, 2007

    "My family and I were at Jordan Lake all afternoon. I don't know what time the body was found or if we were there at that time, but I never noticed anything."

    Jordan Lake is on the order of 13,940 surface acres in size at normal pool, and along its long axis from the upper portion of the New Hope River down to the dam, is 17.9 miles in length (from the dam up the Haw River is another 4.7 miles). That's a lot of lake (200+ miles of shoreline), so you weren't likely to notice anything unless you were right there at the site where the body was recovered. This story alone says the body was found 1000 yards from the incident site...that's 3000 feet, or .57 miles away. You would've almost had to have been part of the S&R armada to have noticed anything I'd bet.

  • colliefan May 22, 2007

    According to this morning's N&O the guy was paralyzed in a previous auto accident. Despite that fact he continued to rack up several DUIs. Sounds as he ignored the warning signs and paid the ultimate price.

  • sapphire5660 May 22, 2007

    I feel bad for the family. I am sad it took this long to find his body. Prayers.

  • MadBiker May 22, 2007

    Sad indeed. Why would a partially paralyzed guy jump in a chilly lake without a life jacket on? Maybe something was clouding his judgement??

  • CherryDarling May 22, 2007

    How many people have drowned at Jordan Lake? Seems like I have heard of quite a few over the years.

  • grandmaj May 22, 2007

    I'm a little confused. Was he paralyzed before or after he went in the water? And if it was after, how could they tell he was paralyzed after he was dead? Anyway, it's really sad. My deepest sympathy to the family.

  • THE ETERNAL May 22, 2007

    MY SINCERE SYMPOTHY TO THE FAMILY. AS THE RESULT OF A STROKE, I WAS PARALIZED ON MY RIGHT SIDE FOR SOME TIME. AT THE TIME, I HAD DIFFICULY IN WATER. ACTUALLY I HAVE NOT TRIED TO SWIM EVEN TODAY, ALTHOUGH I THINK I CAN. IT IS VERY SCARY TO TRY TO SWIM WITH ONE ARM.

  • patriot May 22, 2007

    Sad, my sympathy to the family. Steve Crisp, you can stop searching the local bars now...thanks for the help.

  • ccgrl May 22, 2007

    I'm guessing there some some accident and he became paralyzed. hit his head or something. i don't think he would jump in without a life jacket otherwise. but as usual, we don't have enough details...

  • Go Figure May 22, 2007

    i pray alcohol was not involved....water, boating and alcohol do NOT mix.

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