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Cause of death released for Charlotte mom found dead in Lake Wylie

Vatsla Watkins, the 39-year-old mother of two and wife of former Mecklenburg County GOP chair Curtis Watkins, was reported missing on March 19.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A body found in Lake Wylie Sunday evening has been identified as Vatsla Watkins, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.

No foul play was suspected.

RELATED: Authorities work to identify body found by boater in Lake Wylie

A boater near the Buster Boyd Bridge called 911 around 5:45 p.m. saying he spotted a body in the water. According to the autopsy, the official cause of death is drowning. The medical examiner was unable to perform toxicology. 

CMPD's Lake Wylie Boat Patrol and the Charlotte Fire Department responded to the scene Sunday. The command center for the investigation was 16310 York Road at Pier 49 Marina.

RELATED: CMPD finds car that belongs to missing woman at Lake Wylie

That was the area where Watkins' car was found on March 22. CMPD and Charlotte Fire teams searched the lake by boat but retired around 5 p.m. that day.

The 39-year-old mother of two and wife of former Mecklenburg County GOP chair Curtis Watkins was reported missing on March 19.

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Stay with NBC Charlotte for the latest on this developing story.

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