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Body of North Carolina man found in gorge

June 13, 2019

WEAVERVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Authorities have identified the body of a man found at the bottom of a gorge in North Carolina.

News outlets report crews recovered the body Wednesday after a two-day search. Officials with the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office say the man found is 28-year-old Sterlin Swinton.

Investigators say they think Swinton was swimming there with others on Tuesday. Authorities received a 911 call for help after Swinton disappeared in the water.

WLOS reports three witnesses were at the scene. Police told WLOS the area has steep terrain and swift currents.

The gorge and waterfall are located on private property about 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of Asheville.

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