Officials: Body of 21-year-old found in Mountain Island Lake

by: Blake Hanson Updated:


GASTON COUNTY, N.C. - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said the body of 21-year-old Jonathan Cureton was pulled Friday afternoon from Mountain Island Lake.

Officials said Cureton and his friends were jumping off the bridge on Brookshire Boulevard into the water Thursday evening.

Witnesses told Channel 9 that Cureton was at the bridge with his sister and that he jumped off the bridge into the water around 7:30 p.m., resurfaced for a moment, and then went back under.

Emergency crews were stationed at the Riverbend boat landing in Gaston County near Highway 16 Thursday night as the ramp was closed to the public.

“It got choppy. I mean it was calm for a while and right when it started raining it picked up. It got a little worse,” said boater Brandon Downing.

Authorities said Cureton's sister was the one who called 911.

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