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South Charlotte man accidentally drowned in Lake Norman, sheriff says

29-year-old Jonathan Michael Herran of south Charlotte accidentally drowned in Lake Norman on Saturday, Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell said.
29-year-old Jonathan Michael Herran of south Charlotte accidentally drowned in Lake Norman on Saturday, Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell said. WBTV

A south Charlotte man whose body was found floating in Lake Norman on Saturday morning accidentally drowned, Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell said Tuesday.

The N.C. Medical Examiner’s Office identified the man as 29-year-old Jonathan Michael Herran, Campbell said. No foul play is suspected, according to the sheriff.

Herran had “a direct connection” to a home near where his body was found, Campbell said without being more specific.

“The investigation is still ongoing, but all indications are that this is an accidental drowning, with no evidence of foul play,” the sheriff said.

Fishermen and homeowners along Oak Tree Road in Mooresville called authorities after they saw “something suspicious” floating in a cove, Observer news partner WBTV reported. Emergency personnel arrived just after 10:30 a.m. Saturday and confirmed it was the body of a man.

After sending out a news release in hopes of identifying the body, sheriff’s detectives soon received a call from a concerned parent who said a son had been missing for two days, Campbell said. “Other information received from the concerned parent led detectives to believe it could the victim located earlier in the day,” he said.

On Tuesday, with dental records in hand, sheriff’s detectives attended the autopsy at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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