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Drowning Reported At Catawba County Lake [UPDATED TO INCLUDE VICTIM’S IDENTITY 10:05 A.m.]

Drowning Reported at Catawba County Lake [UPDATED TO INCLUDE VICTIM’S IDENTITY 10:05 a.m.]

An 18-year-old female drowned Tuesday (May 3) in a Catawba County lake. The deceased is Zimera Smith of Hickory, who was a student at Hickory High.

According to the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, Ms. Smith was swimming with a friend in Lake Lookout at approximately 7 p.m. Tuesday when she jumped into the water from the end of a boat ramp. When she didn’t re-surface, a friend called for help. Authorities responded and began a search of the water. The victim’s body was discovered eight feet deep in the lake.

Ms. Smith’s next-of-kin have been notified. Grief counselors are available at Hickory High. The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an ongoing investigation.