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Body Found in Jordan Lake Identified as Missing Ramseur Man

Authorities said a post-mortem exam confirmed that the body floating in the reservoir was that of a boater missing since Thursday.

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DURHAM, N.C. — Rangers at Jordan Lake State Park on Monday recovered a body found floating in the reservoir and confirmed that it was a Ramseur man who had been missing since Thursday.

Sgt. Reggie Barker of the State Wildlife Commission said the state medical examiner's office in Chapel Hill had determined that the man was Jamie Burney, 36.

Burney disappeared last Thursday evening after he jumped into the water with friends while they were boating near the park's Seaforth beach and boat-launch area. Barker said the body turned up close to 1,000 yards from where searchers had been looking.

Burney wasn’t wearing a life jacket and was paralyzed on one side of his body, investigators said.

Searchers spent the weekend crisscrossing the water, dragging for the body and using cadaver dogs that are trained to pick up scents from bodies, even from below the water.