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Authorities ID body found in Jordan Lake

Posted May 12, 2008

— The Chatham County Sheriff's Office has identified a man whose body was found floating in Jordan Lake on Friday morning.

Investigators said the body belonged to Rosalio Ramirez Cordona, 27, whose last known address was in Siler City.

Inside a pocket of Cordona's khaki pants, deputies found identification from Townsend's Poultry Plant in Pittsboro.

Cordona had not been reported missing, and the cause of his death has not been established. Investigators hoped to talk on Monday with the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, where Cordona's body was sent for an autopsy.

When the body was found, investigators said they were treating the case as a suspicious death.

David Stein, 21, spotted Cordona's body while fishing in the Robeson Creek section of Jordan Lake, off Hanks Chapel Road.

It was unclear how long the body had been in the water, authorities said.

Authorities were checking Cordona's immigration status.


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  • Adelinthe May 12, 2008

    Immigrant status isn't the crux of this story. A man is dead, and under suspect circumstances at that.

    I pray for those who loved him.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • nandud May 12, 2008

    I think it is sad that a young man who has lost his life wasn't missed before now. What about his bosses at the poultry industry? How come no one cared that he didn't show up for work? Regardless of how he came to be here, someone has lost a precious family member.

  • Hilikus May 12, 2008

    Goalieman - I hope I'm wrong, but I doubt the reason that was in this story was for the reason you say. Immigration is a "hot topic" right now, and story after story I have seen it given unnecessary importance.

    Just as an example - The story where the illegal immigrant hit the child waiting for the bus. The title had his immigration status as still unknown...but I guess less important was the fact that he was drunk, had no driver's license, was driving a stolen car, ran off, and was now in custody.

    That being said...I truly hope in my heart that you are right, and I am being overly sensitive.

  • Goalieman May 12, 2008

    Yes, it is a lost life and very saddening. Probably the reason no one reported it because a). It was a accident as OldRebel stated. b). He is illegal and the only people that could report him missing are illegal too. If they reported it their status may be compromised as well.

    The reason they are checking it may be to see if he was here on a green card they could find the next of kin and notify them. Please don't read to much in the words Hili. Think about the process!

  • shell24 May 12, 2008

    What got me was the comment "the body belonged to" I don't think that I ever heard put that way before.....

  • Hilikus May 12, 2008

    How can this man's immigration status have any relevance to this story at all? I mean seriously...no matter where this man is from or his "status", it is a lost HUMAN life and a tragedy.

  • oldrebel May 12, 2008

    The body was found in a stretch that is highly popular with those who love to fish the lake. Where Robeson Creek winds down a narrow passageway as it blends into the lake itself, there are usually several Latino anglers trying to coax fish out almost on any given day, particularly on weekends. And the river bank is covered with slick, unstable rocks. I can see how this could have been a simple fall and drowning. Seems like someone he roomed with or lived with would have mentioned that he had gone fishing as this might be the case. However it goes, someone , somewhere is grieving at the loss.

  • FragmentFour May 12, 2008

    You know, I wonder if latino American citizens realize what a blight illegal latinos are causing others to see them as a whole?--PC is for Losers

    Mmmm... lessee. It comes in well under the number of non-Latinos who are causing others to see them as a whole...

  • Wiser_now May 12, 2008

    A little compassion for the dead and the family he leaves behind, please.
    May he rest in peace.

  • ice cream May 12, 2008

    PC - so nice to hear that you're delighted someone lost his life, simply because he might have been an illegal immigrant.