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Autopsy: Durham man drowned in Falls Lake after SUV rolled down boat ramp

September 12, 2018

Carl Lynnberg Adams, left, and Tierra Essence Mann

A Durham man whose body was found in Falls Lake in January drowned, according to an autopsy report released Wednesday.

The body of Carl Lynnberg Adams, 70, who was last seen on Dec. 19 on Sprucewood Drive, was pulled from the lake on Jan. 15 near in the Hickory Hill Boat Ramp, off Redwood Road east of Interstate 85.

The body of 35-year-old Tierra Essence Mann was recovered from the lake the following day, along with their Toyota 4Runner.

Family members said the couple, who had an 11-year-old child, disappeared at the same time.

The autopsy report for Adams said investigators believe the SUV accidentally rolled down the boat ramp into the water.

Bloods tests showed “evidence of significant alcohol consumption,” which likely contributed to Adams’ drowning, the report states.

The autopsy report for Mann hasn’t been released yet.

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