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Missing Statesville man found deceased

Curtis Allen Wuellner was last seen at his Statesville home Friday night. Monday afternoon, ICSO recovered his body.
Credit: ICSO

STATESVILLE, N.C. — The Iredell County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a 50-year-old Statesville man went missing. Curtis Allen Wuellner was last seen August 7 around 8 p.m. at his home on Laurel Cove Road in Statesville, which is near Lake Norman.

When family members woke up Saturday morning, ICSO said they couldn't find Wuellner, and thought he was at their dock. When he had still not returned later in the day, family members and neighbors started looking for him and the ICSO was notified. 

Monday afternoon, Iredell County Sheriff's deputies located Wuellner's body in a heavily wooded area around a mile from his home.

Several first responders had been searching since late Saturday evening. The investigation is ongoing at this time, as deputies await additional information from the Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause of death.

"Our hearts and prayers go out to the Wuellner Family," the Iredell County Sheriff's Office said in a release.

ICSO Lake Patrol Units and several volunteer fire department lake units started a search on Lake Norman and in the Laurel Cove area. The search was called off for the night Saturday and began again early Sunday. 

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