STOKES COUNTY, N.C. — Stokes County officials said a body has been found that is presumed to be Jacob Line, the second fisherman who went missing more than two months ago at Belews Lake.
A fisherman found the body around 7 a.m. Saturday at Belews Lake, according to officials. Line has been missing since April 17.
Authorities said positive identification will be made by the North Carolina Medical Examiner’s Office. The Line family has been notified.
Line, 27, and 44-year-old James Pascual Bohenstiel went missing in April during a fishing trip. Bohenstiel’s body was found May 6th near an area of the lake known as the “Hot Hole.” Officials said Bohenstiel’s cause of death was drowning and no foul play was involved.
The body believed to be Line has been taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to be examined by a medical examiner.
The investigation is ongoing. Authorities said they will release additional details as they become available.
The Line family released the following statement on Saturday:
“It is with heavy hearts that we finally have answers in the disappearance of our beloved Jake. These long months of waiting have been agonizing with few answers and little hope for a miraculous outcome. While we are heartbroken with the confirmation of Jake’s passing, we are now able to give him proper rest as we celebrate his life and spirit.
Jake has always been a person who lived life on his own terms, loving his friends and family with everything in him. A no-nonsense kind of guy, Jake told you his opinion whether you wanted it or not and never backed down from what he thought was right. We will miss his big smile and laughter as we recount all the funny things he said and did. There will always be a huge gap in our lives where Jake once was and a place in our hearts where he will remain forever.
We are grateful to all of the search and rescue teams which spent countless days and hours trying to bring Jake home to us. Through all of this, they have become so special to our family. We have also been overwhelmed by the community’s response to Jake’s disappearance and want to tell everyone who shared kind words or said a prayer on Jake’s behalf that it has lifted us up and given comfort beyond words.”