Charlotte man drowns in river near Fayetteville

A 19-year-old man from Charlotte drowned early Sunday while swimming with friends in a river, according to Cumberland County authorities.

The victim was identified as Eric Antwon Lamar Muse. The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said he drowned in the Little River, a few miles northeast of Fayetteville.

The sheriff’s office said it received a call about 3 a.m. Sunday from an area off Tissington Street near Elliott Farm Road. That is in the Linden community. The caller said a man who had been swimming with friends disappeared in the river.

Muse’s body was found after daybreak Sunday. The sheriff’s office said it is investigating the incident.