Body found in Winston Lake after drowning identified

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Police have identified a body found in Winston Lake to be 48-year-old Tyrone David Eldridge.

At about 9:56 a.m. Monday, officers and fire department personnel responded to Winston lake at 3500 Winston Lake Road.

A caller reported that a fisher saw a man take off his clothes, jump into the lake and begin swimming around. They said they saw the man going under water and coming back up a few times before he went down and did not resurface.

The fisher informed a worker with the City of Winston-Salem who in turn contacted authorities.

The Winston-Salem Fire Department and Lewisville Fire Department searched the area for several hours but couldn't find the man.

At about 6:39 p.m. that night, police learned Eldridge was missing after he had last been seen by family in the area of the 200 block of Walkertown Avenue, a short distance away.

Police tried unsuccessfully to find him that night.

On Tuesday, crews continued the lake search and, at about 11:30 a.m., found Eldridge's body in the water.

Police say there were no signs of foul play.

The City of Winston-Salem confirms Eldridge worked for the city from 1997-2000 as a sanitation laborer.

While signs are already in place telling the public that swimming is not allowed, officers say a park ranger will patrol the area to make sure visitors know not to swim in the lake.

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