The body was badly decomposed and appeared to have been in the lake for quite some time, N.C. State police Chief Tom Younce said. Authorities were unable to determine the cause of death or even the person's gender.
“This is very unusual at North Carolina State University. We have not had any reports of missing students. The campus closed last week, so hopefully it’s not a student,” Younce said.
Younce said that it was the first body found in Lake Raleigh in the 10 years he's been with the department. Police are looking into the possibility the body might be that of Hugh Allen, 48, a man with a cognitive impairment who wandered away from an apartment about a mile from Lake Raleigh last week.
The body was sent to the State Chief Medical Examiner's Office in Chapel Hill for an autopsy.
The body was found about 100 yard offshore in the southwest corner of the lake, which is on the university's Centennial Campus just off of Campus Shore Drive.
A couple walking with their children spotted the body around 4:30 p.m. and called Raleigh police, who in turn called university police. Younce said Apex fire and rescue units were called in to help recover the remains. The City-County Bureau of Identification was assisting with the investigation.
Access to Lake Raleigh remained off limits to the public Thursday morning.