Body recovered from lake; 1 fisherman still missing

Joseph Jeter


by BORA KIM / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on September 6, 2013 at 7:16 AM

Updated Friday, Sep 6 at 9:19 PM

FORT MILL, S.C. -- A search of Lake Haigler began after two fishermen reported finding a capsized boat. Now, authorities have recovered a body.

Rescue crews went back out on Lake Haigler in Fort Mill Friday morning to continue their search for a possible drowning victim.

Authorities say someone spotted a capsized boat floating in the lake around 8:30 Thursday night.

NBC Charlotte crews on the scene said the Department of Natural Resources aircraft located a body Friday morning.

The victim has been identified as 68-year-old Joseph Jeter. He was fishing with his long-time friend, 62-year-old John Wilson, on their 10-foot boat.

The vessel was found capsized.

Family members wonder if the combined weight of the two forced the boat to overturn. The men were not wearing life-vests.

Searchers recovered a hat belonging to Wilson on the east side of the Lake, near where the body was found.

The DNR says the two fishermen used a truck battery to power the boat. The truck was located at a landing.

The two men were avid outdoorsmen.

"He was fishing with his best friend. They were so close you couldn't pull them apart," says Wilson's daughter, Teresa Hart.

"He was a wonderful man. He loved fishing. He would fish everyday if he could. That was his hobby," said Hart.

Jeter's daughter, Saundra Hoyle, says her father loved to fish, hunt and just enjoy nature.

"Disbelief. It seems like a dream and I'm going to wake up and it's all going to be over. It doesn’t seem real," she said.

So far, divers have covered about two football fields of an area.

The search area covers 27 acres. DNR says the water can get as deep as 20 feet.

The York County Sheriff's Office Dive Team is assisting Fort Mill Police in the search.

DNR will resume the search in the water 9am Saturday.