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Search for possible drowning victim in Lake Royale halted

Posted July 2, 2011
Updated July 3, 2011

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— Authorities were called to Lake Royale Saturday evening to investigate a possible drowning after witnesses said a boy disappeared underwater, police said.

Lake Royale police chief Jarrett Umstead said the boy, who is between 10 and 13, was seen throwing a ball around in the lake, near Bunn in Franklin County, shortly before 7 p.m. Witnesses thought he went underwater and didn't resurface.

Dive teams and crews using sonar equipment searched until midnight Saturday and again for several hours Sunday morning, but didn't find anything.

Police said they haven't gotten any missing persons reports from parents in the area.

The search has been halted unless authorities get more information that indicates there actually is a missing person, Umstead said.


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  • suckafree23 Jul 5, 2011

    Can we get an update on the story. I've heard the boy was found dead!

  • jrfergerson Jul 4, 2011

    Glad Bunn Rescue has trained volunteer personnel and the equipment to handle situations like this.

  • Fun N Bunn Jul 4, 2011

    Lake Royale has some of the most CARING and wonderful people on this side of NC. Evidently you havent spent any time out here. We are all family & take care of each other, obviously this was a misunderstanding out of concern.

  • _Underscore_ Jul 4, 2011

    I pray that it was all a misunderstanding or mix up, and that no child actually lost his life... OAN, Lake Royale has the most uncouth, racist, criminal-minded inhabitants on that side of NC, of course they would only make the news for something negative...