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Foul play ruled out in Jordan Lake body case

Posted May 21, 2008 8:34 a.m. EDT
Updated May 21, 2008 9:21 a.m. EDT

— A medical examiner found no evidence of foul play in the death of a man whose body was found floating in Jordan Lake on May 9, authorities said Wednesday.

The cause of death was still unknown. A complete autopsy report will be done in 60 to 90 days.

The Chatham County Sheriff's Office said the body was that of Rosalio Ramirez Cordona, 27, whose last known address was in Siler City.

Inside a pocket of Cordona's khaki pants, deputies found identification from Townsend's Poultry Plant.

Cordona had not been reported missing, and the cause of his death has not been established. Investigators initially treated the case as a suspicious death.

David Stein, 21, spotted Cordona's body while fishing in the Robeson Creek section of Jordan Lake, off Hanks Chapel Road.

It was unclear how long the body had been in the water.

Authorities were checking Cordona's immigration status.