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Another body found in Jordan Lake

Posted July 8, 2009 10:03 a.m. EDT
Updated July 8, 2009 12:56 p.m. EDT


— A man's body was found in Jordan Lake Wednesday morning, marking the third person to be found dead at the lake in the past week, Chatham County sheriff's officials said.

Authorities identified the man as James J. Adams, 60, of Concord, N.H. Two fisherman saw his body floating in the lake near the Crosswinds boating access and called 911.

A preliminary investigation revealed that Adams and his wife were in the area on vacation. She returned to New Hampshire on Tuesday and Adams stayed behind to do some camping and fishing.

An autopsy was being performed and there was no indication of foul play, authorities said.

On Tuesday afternoon, authorities pulled the body of Brandon McCray, 26, from the lake, near the intersection of Beaver Creek and Lower Pea Ridge roads after someone found his personal items on the lake shore and called 911.

Authorities said they are not sure what led to his death.

Stephen Patrick Russell, 23, a North Carolina State University student, drowned Saturday evening while trying to swim across a cove, Sgt. Reggie Barker with the state Wildlife Resources Commission said.

Divers, along with Chatham County sheriff's deputies, wildlife agents, firefighters and EMS personnel, searched for Russell through the night. Rescuers recovered his body near the Farrington Point boat access ramp around 10 a.m. Sunday.

No foul play is suspected in the death, Barker said.