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Camper's body found in Falls Lake

Posted March 17, 2011
Updated March 18, 2011

— The Wake County Sheriff's Office is investigating after the body of a camper was found in Falls Lake on Thursday afternoon. 

Two fishermen found the man's body a few feet from the shoreline near the Shinleaf Recreation Area, off of New Light Road near Wake Forest around 2 p.m., Sheriff Donnie Harrison said.

Authorities said the man, identified as John Charles Holy, 28, of Raleigh, had been camping in the area on Wednesday night. 

Preliminary reports show the cause of death was drowning, according to Phyllis Stevens, a spokeswoman for the Wake County Sheriff's Office. 

The incident remains under investigation. 


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  • sarahsoandso Mar 24, 2011

    Any updates on this story would be greatly appreciate, WRAL!

  • nicholasclifton Mar 21, 2011

    Honza, I don't know exactly what happened, but I'll miss you man. I wish we had been able to hang out more these last few years, but it just didn't happen. Rest in peace.

  • beforeyougo Mar 18, 2011

    Honza was a beautiful soul and a great friend. His loss is deeply felt by so many who loved him. Love you Honza!

  • tygilman1014 Mar 18, 2011

    Honza was unlike anyone I ever met. The world is a far sadder place today. Rest in peace brother.

  • sarahsoandso Mar 18, 2011

    Spelling correction...'Honza'. Apologies.

  • sarahsoandso Mar 18, 2011

    He went by 'Hanzo'. And he was a beautiful person.

  • Skywatch_NC Mar 18, 2011

    Prayers and thoughts with Mr. Holy's family and friends. :( Just out for some R&R at the lake.

  • hckyplyr72 Mar 18, 2011

    Very sad. We camp nearby at Holly Pt. Pray for the family.