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Body found in Gastonia’s Rankin Lake Park identified as 28-year-old man

According to information from the Gastonia Police Department, a passerby saw the body floating in the lake around 8 a.m. and called police.
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Published: Sep. 3, 2021 at 9:55 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 3, 2021 at 2:52 PM EDT
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GASTONIA, N.C. (WBTV) - A death investigation is underway after a man’s body was found in a popular Gastonia park.

Rankin Lake Park has been cordoned off by Gastonia Police after the body of a 28-year-old man was found in the lake Friday morning, authorities said.

The man was later identified as Deontae Lashard Dameron of Gastonia.

According to information from the Gastonia Police Department, a passerby saw the body floating in the lake around 8 a.m. and called police.

There were no visible injuries to the body and no nearby boats, authorities said. Police are waiting on the medical examiner to determine the cause of death.

The park closure was first reported Friday morning. All access points into the park were closed to the public.

An autopsy will be conducted by the Gaston County Medical Examiner’s office to determine the manner and cause of Dameron’s death.

Anyone with information regarding Deontre Lashard Dameron’s death is asked to contact Detective Watts at 704- 866-6885

Details are limited at this time. Check back to WBTV.com for the latest information.

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