Marion man found dead in Catawba River

The body of a Marion man was found last weekend in the Catawba River and an investigation continues into his death.

At approximately 11:03 a.m. on Saturday, July 6, emergency agencies and law enforcement responded to the Lentz Road access area of the river after receiving reports of a found body there.

The victim has been identified as 34-year-old Joseph Raymond Fix of Marion.

According to McDowell County Sheriff’s Office officials, preliminary autopsy reports indicate the victim had drowned. Foul play is not suspected at this time, but an investigation continues into other contributing factors.

Hankins-North Fork FD, McDowell EMS, McDowell Rescue Squad and N.C. Wildlife Resources responded to or were notified of the incident.

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