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June 20, 2014

Search continues for teen who drowned in Monroe lake

Authorities said the 18-year-old apparently suffered a seizure and fell out of the boat.

Divers and other recovery crews will resume the search Saturday morning for the body of a Union County teen who apparently drowned Thursday evening while fishing with his grandfather at a lake near Monroe.

Authorities said the teen, identified by family members as 18-year-old Malique Streater, suffered a seizure and fell into the lake from a boat. The incident took place about 5:30 p.m., a short distance from the dam at the reservoir.

Streater was a rising senior at Forest Hills High School, family members said.

On Friday morning, Streater’s grandmother, Effie Knotts, said her grandson loved fishing and that she had fished with him many times.

“No one could out-fish him,” Knotts said.

Shortly before 9:30 a.m. Friday, Monroe fire officials said they believe they know the location of the body but were waiting for the medical examiner’s office representative to arrive.

But the body had not been retrieved when crews ceased search efforts shortly before 8:30 p.m.

Family members were waiting Friday morning near the Lake Twitty dam on Old Camden Road, the base of operations for the search. Lake Twitty is about 5 miles northeast of Monroe and supplies some of the water for the city.

Peter Hovanec, a spokesman for the city of Monroe, said the teen’s grandfather rowed to the shore and called 911 after his grandson did not resurface.

Hovanec said firefighters from Monroe were joined by a dive team of firefighters from Charlotte in searching the lake Thursday evening. Search efforts were curtailed about 8:15 p.m. after a thunderstorm moved in.

Hovanec said the lake covers about 475 acres and is 40 feet deep in spots.

Staff writer Hilary Trenda and photographer John Simmons contributed.

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