August 14, 2014

Lincoln officials: Man’s body found in Lake Norman

The sheriff’s office said the body of an adult male was discovered shortly before 1 p.m. in the lake, off Dick Wilson Road.

Lincoln County officials say the body of a 53-year-old man was found Thursday in Lake Norman, near the end of the road where he lived,

The sheriff’s office identified the body discovered shortly before 1 p.m. as that of Richard Terry Locklin, who lived in the 4600 block of Dick Wilson Road. Locklin’s body was discovered about 45 feet offshore fron the end of Dick Wilson Road, in about 6 feet of water.

Investigators said Locklin was last seen Wednesday night at a residence on Dick Wilson Road. Neighbors began searching for the missing man Thursday morning, and Sheriff David Carpenter said it was those neighbors who found Locklin’s body.

“The body of the man was located offshore from a vacant lot which is used by some people to land their boat,” Carpenter said.

Authorities said the body will be sent to the Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the exact cause of death.

A 36-year-old Lincolnton woman, Elisabeth Anna Burford, drowned July 29 while swimming with a friend off a dock on Mitchell Lane, a short distance south of the scene of Thursday’s drowning. Burford’s body was found a short distance from the dock.

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