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Morganton Man Dies In Burke County Waterway, Investigation Underway

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of an individual Friday night (June 21) at Lake James State Park. According to a news release, the deceased is 76-year-old Presley Junior Jaynes of Morganton.

At 8:13 p.m. Friday, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office responded to the park in reference to a death investigation. Visitors of the park found a person floating in the water. It was determined that the person was not breathing, and they called 911 for assistance.

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office, Burke County Rescue Squad, Burke County EMS, and Longtown Volunteer Fire Department First Responders, responded to the scene to assist Lake James State Park Rangers. It was determined that the victim, Presley Junior Jaynes was deceased.

The Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division was called to the scene. The investigation is continuing.