Police identify woman found dead in Durham lake
Posted December 27, 2011
Durham, N.C. — Police on Tuesday said a body found Friday in Parkwood Lake belonged to a woman who has been missing for almost three weeks.
Margaret A. Lewis, 58, of Revere Road, was last seen Dec. 9. Her car was found abandoned near the lake, off Pelham Road, three days later.
No cause of death was released, but police said they don't suspect foul play, based on preliminary autopsy results.
The widow, who neighbors say lived alone, moved to the Parkwood neighborhood last summer.
Almost nine years ago, one of Lewis' friends was found dead in Falls Lake. Janine Sutphen, a cellist with the Durham Symphony, was suffocated, and her body wrapped in tarp and chains and dumped in the lake, authorities said.
Lewis testified against Sutphen's husband, Robert Petrick, during his 2005 murder trial. He was convicted and is now serving a life sentence in prison.
Lewis' funeral is set for 11 a.m. Wednesday.