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Police release name of missing young man pulled from Raleigh’s Lake Johnson

Body found at Lake Johnson in Raleigh

A search for a missing man at Lake Johnson ended Friday afternoon when investigators found the man's body, as reported by the News & Observer's media partner, ABC11 News.
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A search for a missing man at Lake Johnson ended Friday afternoon when investigators found the man's body, as reported by the News & Observer's media partner, ABC11 News.

The body of a missing 22-year-old man was pulled from Lake Johnson on Friday afternoon.

Emergency crews recovered the body of Ryan Wayne Hall at 1:30 p.m. after looking for him in the southwest Raleigh park since Thursday evening.

The cause of death is unknown, but foul play is not suspected, police said.

Personal belongs were found near the shore of the lake Thursday, according to Raleigh Police Department spokeswoman Laura Hourigan.

Two dogs were also found around the same time, officers told ABC11, The News & Observer’s media partner. A video of two dogs and Hall running along a paved trail was posted on Hall’s Instagram story Thursday.

“He was my best friend,” Malik Hurdle said Friday. “He was someone I could depend on no matter what. He was a light shining so bright he touched everybody he came into contact with. I really can’t believe he’s gone.”

Hall was a wrestler throughout middle and high school, and he made it to the 2A Wrestling NC Championship as a senior at Pasquotank County High School in Elizabeth City, Hurdle said.

He was listed a member of the 2014-15 wrestling team at Campbell University.

On Hall’s social media he wrote and posted inspirational photos and images about health, wellness and fitness.

In addition to the Police Department, the recovery effort involved Wake County EMS, the Apex Fire Department Dive Team, and the Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification.

Swimming is prohibited in the 300-acre park, located at 4601 Avent Ferry Road.

Anna Johnson covers Raleigh and Wake County for the News & Observer. She has covered city government, crime and business for North Carolina newspapers since 2012. Reach her at 919-829-4807 or ajohnson@newsobserver.com.

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