Authorities release identities of fishermen missing on Belews Lake

27-year-old Jacob Allen Line and 44-year-old James Pascual Bohenstiel

27-year-old Jacob Allen Line and 44-year-old James Pascual Bohenstiel

STOKESDALE, N.C. — Authorities have released the identities of two men who went missing on a fishing trip Thursday morning at Belews Lake.

Jacob Allen Line, 27, and 44-year-old James Pascual Bohenstiel were reported missing Thursday, according to officials with Stokes County Emergency Services.

Rescuers from multiple agencies have been doing scuba, sonar radar and ground searches in hopes of finding the men.

A truck, boat trailer and boat were found and officials have determined that they belong to the missing fishermen. Personal items, including clothing, were also found in the vicinity of the boat.

Rescuers are focusing their search on an area where the boat and personal items were found, according to Stokes County Emergency Services Director Greg Collins.

The area is known as a “hot hole” and is near the Duke Power Steam Station where hot water comes out of the station and into the lake.

Much of the lake remains open, but rescue leaders said they’ll keep the public away from “hot hole” and other areas as the search expands.

The command post for the search is at Carolina Marina, located at 548 Shelton Road in Stokesdale.

Officials said Saturday that they will resume searching on Sunday morning. No additional details were released.


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