CMPD says body recovered from Lake Wylie is missing Charlotte mother

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte-Mecklenburg police confirmed Wednesday that the body recovered over the weekend from Lake Wylie is missing Charlotte mother Vatsla Watkins.

No foul play is suspected in her death.

Police said they received a call around 5:45 p.m. Sunday stating a person was spotted floating in the lake at the Buster Boyd Bridge. Authorities said the caller was in a boat when he spotted the victim.

CMPD's Lake Wylie Boat Patrol, the Charlotte Fire Department, and the medical examiner responded to the scene.

Two weeks ago, crews were searching Lake Wylie near the Buster Boyd Bridge for Watkins. Her car was found near Pier 49 Marina, and investigators believed she could have been in the water.

Channel 9's Briana Harper spoke to the man who discovered her body Sunday afternoon.

Tyler said he has been around Lake Wylie for a long time and finding a body is a first, and he's shaken up by the discovery.

"They told me not to touch it," Tyler said. "I wanted to pull it out and do CPR or something. I wanted to help and possibly save a life."

This is an ongoing investigation. Check back with wsoctv.com for more information.

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