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Foul play ruled out in Jordan Lake body case

Posted May 21, 2008

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— A medical examiner found no evidence of foul play in the death of a man whose body was found floating in Jordan Lake on May 9, authorities said Wednesday.

The cause of death was still unknown. A complete autopsy report will be done in 60 to 90 days.

The Chatham County Sheriff's Office said the body was that of 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.

Cordona had not been reported missing, and the cause of his death has not been established. Investigators initially treated 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 were checking Cordona's immigration status.

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  • karibritt01 May 21, 2008

    "Would the immigration status be a point of discussion or investigation for someone with the same ID and with the last name of Jones or Smith?"

    Had there been a state issued ID, there would have been no issue. A missing persons report would indicate ties to a community. As he had neither, I think suspecting illegal immigration is not unrealistic.

  • anneonymousone May 21, 2008

    Yeah, your ability to identify him as Mexican is remarkable. He could be from Spain, Oregon, Guatamala, El Salvador, or Switzerland. His family could have lived in what is now Arizona for 300 years.

    I'm concerned about the assumptions being made.

    ---a descendant of undocumented immigrants from England, Ireland, Sweden, and Asia via the Bering Straits land bridge

  • yeah May 21, 2008

    "Would the immigration status be a point of discussion or investigation for someone with the same ID and with the last name of Jones or Smith?"

    No but if no one claims his body, NC taxpayers will bear the cost of finding his relatives in Mexico and sending the body back or burying it here.

  • anneonymousone May 21, 2008

    Would the immigration status be a point of discussion or investigation for someone with the same ID and with the last name of Jones or Smith?

  • yeah May 21, 2008

    I am surprised there are not more bodies. He was probably fishing/camping/drinking after dark and drowned. I have seen Hispanics crossing over 64 at Jordan Lake at all hours of night. I almost hit a family with small children who were walking in the middle of 64 in pitch darkness. I suspect they park their cars in odd places to avoid the $5 parking fee and 8pm curfew and get lost looking for them later.