Police identify body pulled from Raleigh’s Lake Johnson – the 2nd in 3 months

Officials have identified the man whose body was pulled from Lake Johnson on Friday afternoon.

Demario Antonio Liles, 30, of Durham, had been the subject of a missing person investigation after he was last seen near the lake in the early morning of New Year’s Day. Police said an investigation is ongoing.

The body was recovered from the southwest Raleigh lake about 4:30 p.m. and transported to WakeMed for further examination.

Police found a wrecked car abandoned about 2:20 a.m. on Jan. 1 in the same area where the body was found, according to a department crash report.

The car was headed south on Avent Ferry Road when it “failed to negotiate the curve of the bridge” over Lake Johnson and bounced back and forth, striking guard rails. The driver then fled the scene, the report said.

This marks the second body in the past three months to be discovered in Lake Johnson. A man who had been reported missing was recovered from the lake on Nov. 25.

Several agencies assisted in the most recent recovery, including the Wake County Sheriff’s Office, the Apex Fire Dive Team, the North Carolina K9 Emergency Response Team, and the Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department.