Marion man found dead in creek

Emergency crews respond to American Thread Road across from Coats America to a drowning.

DUSTIN CHANDLER | MCDOWELL NEWS

A Marion man was found dead after reportedly drowning in a creek off American Thread Road, authorities said Wednesday.

At approximately 11:20 a.m. Wednesday morning, units responded to 630 American Thread Road across from Coats North America in reference to a possible drowning in a nearby creek.

Woodlawn-Sevier and Ashford-North Cove fire departments, McDowell EMS, McDowell Rescue Squad, Emergency Management and the McDowell Sheriff’s Office responded to the call.

According to the McDowell Sheriff’s Office, the victim, 34-year-old Luis Alberto Domingues Rodrigues of Grayson Street in Marion, and two other men were trimming weeds on the creek bank of American Thread Road. The two men told deputies they had not seen Rodriguez in several minutes and went to check on him, where he was found lying face down in the creek.

Rodrigues was pronounced dead upon arrival by EMS paramedics, according to Emergency Services Director William Kehler.

Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office were called to the scene for further investigation. No foul play is suspected.

In a separate incident Wednesday, emergency workers responded to a call of a near-drowning at Lake James State Park.

At 2:59 p.m., units from McDowell EMS, Nebo Fire department and McDowell Rescue Squad responded, finding the victim out of the water. According to the emergency radio traffic, the victim was a 16-year-old. Kehler said he was transported to McDowell Hospital in stable condition.