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Foul play unlikely in Raleigh lake death

Posted May 20, 2010

— Investigators say there are no signs of foul play involving a body found floating in a lake on the North Carolina State University campus.

N.C. State police Chief Tom Younce said Thursday afternoon that the conclusion is based on findings in a preliminary investigation from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Younce also said that the body is that of a male, but his age and identity were not known Thursday afternoon.

A couple walking with their children found the badly decomposed body floating in the southwest corner of Lake Raleigh, off Centennial Boulevard, Wednesday afternoon.

Foul play unlikely in Lake Raleigh death Foul play unlikely in Lake Raleigh death

Younce said it appeared to have been in the lake for quite some time.

“This is very unusual at North Carolina State University," he said Wednesday. "We have not had any reports of missing students. The campus closed last week, so hopefully it’s not a student."


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  • meBNme May 21, 2010

    Not in the water. Decomposition can happen quite rapidly in warm fresh water that is home for living organisms, bacteria, and other critters.

  • MamasHeart May 21, 2010

    Doesn't it take more than a couple of days for a body to be "badly decomposed" and this Silver alert was just issued for Mr. Allen at the beginning of the week? So either it's not Mr. Allen or he has been missing a lot longer and was just reported missing this week....either way I am parying for the families involved.

  • UPTOP May 20, 2010

    my prayers are with him !!

  • piknowles4 May 20, 2010

    Funny they cancelled the silver alert for this guy in another story but this story says unidentified man.

  • shortcake53 May 20, 2010

    Whoever it was, I'm so sorry.

  • anneonymousone May 20, 2010

    If it is indeed Mr. Allen, I hope the people who found his body know that, terrifying as it may have been, they helped another family find some answers.

    My best thoughts are with all concerned.