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Benson man found in Bladen County's White Lake

John Junior Godwin, 57, was found about 30 feet off a pier in White Lake Sunday afternoon.

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BLADEN COUNTY, N.C. — A Benson man was found dead in White Lake in Bladen County Sunday.

Authorities did not immediately confirm that John Junior Godwin, 57, had drowned, and an autopsy will be performed.

Godwin was reported missing by his wife at about 11:30 a.m.

Ed Wilkerson, superintendent of Singletary Lake State Park, said Godwin was swimming without a life jacket near a pier at Goldston's Beach in water about seven feet deep. He had come to Goldston's Beach with friends and had gone out to swim by himself, said Wilkerson.

Search crews found his body at about 3:30 p.m. 30 feet off the pier.

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