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Body of missing elderly Wilson man found in lake

Authorities have recovered the body of a 71-year-old man who disappeared Tuesday while fishing on a lake north of Wilson.

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Silver Lake search, Bobby Ray Winstead, Wilson County
WILSON, N.C. — Authorities have recovered the body of a 71-year-old man who disappeared Tuesday while fishing on a lake north of Wilson.

Relative said they believe Bobby Ray Winstead might have fallen into Silver Lake, off N.C. Highway 58. Sheriff Calvin Woodard Jr. said there are no apparent signs of foul play.

Family members reported Winstead missing after he didn't return from a solo fishing trip Tuesday, Woodard said. Deputies found Winstead's tackle box and fishing gear on one side of Silver Lake and his boat on the other side of the lake.

Teams searched the lake shore overnight, while rescuers in boats scoured the lake with sonar. A dive team joined the search Wednesday morning.

Authorities issued a Silver Alert early Wednesday for Winstead, who suffers from a cognitive impairment.

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