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Body found in Lake Raleigh identified as missing man

Posted May 20, 2010

Silver Alert

— A badly decomposed body found floating in a lake on the North Carolina State University campus on Wednesday has been identified as a missing Raleigh man, university police said Thursday.

Hugh Allen, 48, was reported missing to Raleigh police last week after authorities said he wandered away from an apartment on Gorman Street, authorities said. A Silver Alert for him was issued on Tuesday.

Body found in Lake Raleigh on NCSU campus Body found in Lake Raleigh identified

A couple walking with their children found Allen's body floating in the southwest corner of Lake Raleigh, off Centennial Boulevard, Wednesday afternoon. The 75-acre lake is located on N.C. State's Centennial Campus.

There are no indications of foul play in Allen's death, N.C. State Police Capt. Jack Moorman said. He likely died from drowning, officials said.

Lake Raleigh was reopened on Thursday.


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  • Hasbeen May 21, 2010

    Not nice ConcernedNCC. I believe I heard he may have had some mental impairment...not funny

  • ConcernedNCC May 21, 2010

    No foul play...He just decided to go swimming...

  • debnamdavis May 21, 2010

    Just because he had an impairment doesnt mean he was accident prone. No foul play and thats it...with the condition of his body do they really know, guess we will never know. My prayers goes out to his family...they now have closure knowing he is dead and not just out there somewhere.

  • cwood3 May 21, 2010

    Death row, I understand your questions. They are very important. I'm sure the NC State Police will get some SBI and ME help with these questions. However, I do not suspect foul play or they would have tipped us off to that fact already.

    For those of you that have never been to Lake Raleigh, it's a wonderful place to fish, paddle, and relax. It's an oasis in the middle of bizzyness.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT May 21, 2010

    Hard for me to imagine how a body winds up in a pond/lake when there's no foul play. He wasn't on a boat fishing. He supposedly suffered from a cognitive impairment. Did he just walk in the lake? Did he slip and fall in and can't swim? Did he fall and hit his head and roll into the lake? This happens a lot. How does someone just wind up drowned in a lake, especially when they have a cognitive impairment? Did he decide to take a swim? Just strange, with no foul play involved.

  • bluetarheel21 May 21, 2010

    This is such a sad story!!! God bless him and his family!

  • Twittyfan May 21, 2010

    So sad!! My thoughts and prayers are with the families.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU May 21, 2010

    Malcom, you're reading a story titled "Body found in Lake...". What did ya expect? ;-)

    Seriously though, the condition of the body can help establish the time frame of his death, which is relevant and vital information in a news story about a previously missing person.

    Good reporting, Ken Smith!

  • TeresaBee May 21, 2010

    @MalcolmPhoenix who said...and why do we need to know that the body was "badly decomposed"?

    Because it is the what of who, what, where and when of journalism.

  • bjensen8 May 21, 2010

    I agree with @malcomPhoenix...no need for the details. Most can figure if he was found in the water his body wasn't in great condition! Jeesh!!