Body found at Lake Johnson in Raleigh
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.”
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.