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Body of missing man found in Catawba River

Family members early Thursday found the body of a Claremont man missing in the Catawba River, authorities said.

Zoua Chang, 30, and a friend had gone fishing below the dam near Lookout Shoals in Catawba County around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

When Chang walked away down river the friend tried unsuccessfully to find him and called 911. The friend said Chang suffered from seizures and may have fallen into the water.

Emergency crews looked for Chang until midnight. The search resumed at 8 a.m. Wednesday and was called off around 8 p.m.

Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said emergency crews were set to resume the search at 8 a.m. Thursday, but that Chang’s family members found his body around 7 a.m. The body had floated to the surface of the water about 100 yards below the dam, Reid said.

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