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Body of Raleigh Teen Drowned in Hurricane Aftermath Found

September 20, 1996

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ The body of a Raleigh teen-ager who disappeared while swimming in a creek swollen by Hurricane Fran’s torrential rains was found Thursday a few hundred yards from where he went under water.

Jackson Edward Griffin, 17, and a friend went swimming on Sept. 7, a day after the hurricane slammed the state, in a creek that swept over an artificial waterfall.

They went over the waterfall once, then tried it again. The second time, Griffin disappeared. His friend clung to a tree, and was rescued later by a man who waded in with a garden hose around his waist.

Griffin was among 24 people killed in North Carolina because of the storm, which was blamed on 37 deaths in five states.

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