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Body Found In Wilson Creek Identified As Missing Man

The body of a man reported missing was found in a Caldwell County waterway.

Today (April 16), the body of 44-year-old Michael Hallford, Jr., of Lenoir, was found submerged in Wilson Creek downstream from where his vehicle was found. The Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy at a later date, but investigators found no signs of foul play.

Hallford was reported missing on April 12, after his vehicle was located at a parking area on Brown Mountain Beach Road.  Family members last saw Hallford on April 10 around 2 p.m.   

Initially, Collettsville Fire and Rescue were dispatched to conduct the search.  Caldwell Emergency Management was then dispatched to join in the search. Friday through Tuesday, multiple agencies were contacted to help with the ground and water search. The following agencies and departments assisted:

Gamewell Fire Dept, Sawmills Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Blowing Rock Fire Rescue, Boone Fire Department, Linville Central Rescue Squad, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Lincoln County Water Rescue, Caldwell County Emergency Services Special Operations, Hudson Fire Rescue, North Catawba Fire-Rescue, Grace Chapel Grace Chapel Volunteer Fire Department, Linville Central Rescue K-9s, US Forest Service Grandfather Ranger District, Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, Caldwell County Emergency Services, and NC Department of Adult Corrections PERT.

[News release and photo courtesy of Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office]