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Dive team recovers woman's body from Cape Fear River

Posted December 29, 2011

— A Cumberland County Sheriff's Office dive team on Thursday recovered the body of a Fayetteville woman from the Cape Fear River, police said.

Sheila Elizabeth Hathcock, 44, went into the river at the Person Street Bridge last Friday morning and was swept away by the current, police said.


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  • Go Figure Dec 30, 2011

    Regardless, sad ending. And so young.

  • ctnorris2011 Dec 30, 2011

    The Cape fear can be rather dangerous in different locations. If anyone has ever visited Raven Rock State Park the Cape Fear runs through it and it is very dangerous there. So I am sure that the story of this woman getting swept away is very possible.

  • Just Mojo Dec 30, 2011

    seems fishy to me.

  • ghimmy51 Dec 30, 2011

    treeofliphe there are 3 "steps" of about three feet each down to the sand bottom at Fayetteville. They are VERY slippery. At normal level it's about eight feet deep in the middle. A mile or so upstream you can walk across without getting your knees wet. The Cape Fear may be colored by tannin, but up here it gets it's dominant color from frequently collapsing banks, especially during high water. I lived in a boat on the river for more than a year and have been on it (in this area) daily in all conditions. I found the same river underwater at Elizabethtown.

  • treeofliphe Dec 30, 2011

    @ghimmy The Cape Fear is a Tannic River... meaning it gets its dark color from rotting plant material.... ie like a swamp.

    The center channel may be sandy but the edges are filled with fallen debris. And if you closer to the cost I bet you will find prehistoric treasures you seek.

  • ghimmy51 Dec 30, 2011

    The current of that river is no more than 1 mph at the level it's at now. Nobody is "swept away by the current"! I was born in sight of that river, have swum, scuba dived, boated the length of it and lived with it for more than forty years. I've heard all my life how people were "caught by a snag" and drowned. It doesn't happen. People do slip on the muddy banks and panic. The bottom is white sand, believe it or not.

  • mpnkosovo Dec 30, 2011

    something isnt right. people dont just go swimming at 8am, its cold. something isnt right.

  • djofraleigh Dec 29, 2011

    I hope the witness testimony is examined closely.

  • Rebelyell Dec 29, 2011

    Why is it the more details we need in a story, the fewer we get?

  • CTunaffiliated Dec 29, 2011

    Homeless people live under the Person St Bridge so she may have just been taking a bath. I have seen people under there bathing before.