Searchers find body of teen in Monroe lake

Search crews on Saturday morning found the body of a Union County teen who drowned Thursday evening while fishing with his grandfather at a lake northeast of Monroe.

Crews preparing to start a third day of searching in Lake Twitty discovered the body of Malique Streater, 18, a short distance from where he fell into the reservoir about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Pete Hovanec, a spokesman for the City of Monroe, said Monroe firefighters were getting ready to being using sonar and sending divers into the water when they found the body shortly before 9 a.m. Hovanec said the victim was identified as Streater, a rising senior at Forest Hills High School in Marshville.

Crews had searched the 475-acre impoundment about 5 miles northeast of Monroe for about three hours Thursday night before a thunderstorm halted operations. Searchers returned Friday morning, with firefighters and scuba divers from the Monroe, Charlotte and Unionville fire departments.

Another day of searching was to have begun at 9 a.m.

Authorities said Streater apparently suffered a seizure and fell into the water. He and his grandfather were fishing a short distance from the lake’s dam, and the grandfather returned to shore and called 911 after his grandson failed to surface.

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.

Family members spent much of Friday waiting 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.

Hovanec said the lake is 40 feet deep in spots.

Staff writer Hilary Trenda and photographer John Simmons contributed.