Missing Va. man found under boat on Lake Gaston
Rescuers found the body of a missing Va. man underneath his drifting boat on Lake Gaston late Saturday morning, officials said.Posted — Updated
John Scruggs, 57, was last seen leaving the dock of his vacation home on Pineview Drive around 1 p.m. Friday, said Butch Garnett, commander of the Roanoke Wildwood Fire Department. Scruggs was in a white, 19-foot 1979 Mastercraft ski boat, with a red stripe and white stars.
No one was in the boat with him, Garnett said.
Friends coming down for the weekend reported Scruggs missing around 1 a.m. Saturday. The Warrenton Volunteer Fire Department began the search and was joined by agencies from Northampton, Warren and Halifax counties. A state Highway Patrol helicopter also helped.
Crews found Scruggs's boat near his house while searching a 20-mile stretch of water in the late morning. Scruggs's body was found underneath the boat.
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has taken over the investigation.
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