Body of 76-year-old pulled from Lake Michie in Durham

Authorities at the lake on Sunday. CBS North Carolina photo

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Durham police have identified the body found by a fisherman Sunday in Lake Michie.

The body of Harold Huston Wood, 76, of Hillsborough was spotted in the lake, police said.

The fisherman first saw the body near the Lake Michie boathouse, which is at the 2800 block of Bahama Road, Durham police said.

The body was pulled from the water just before 11 a.m., according to police.


Wood’s death is raising questions among some of his family members.

Wood lived more than 20 miles away in a rural area near Hillsborough, but he was found at a Durham County lake. His family is puzzled about what he was doing there.

Wood’s relatives said he was “scared of the water,” he didn’t like to fish and he didn’t own a boat.

Two relatives said they have no idea what Wood was doing there.

An employee of a Hillsborough gas station says he saw Wood on Saturday about midday when the unmarried man stopped by on one of his frequent visits.

The gas station worker and Wood’s family all describe him as a nice, fun-loving guy who liked to cut-up and joke.

Family members are hoping the police can figure out how Wood ended up dead in Lake Michie.

At this point, family members don’t know if he drowned or died some other way.

Investigators are waiting for the autopsy to be completed to determine the cause of death and they’re asking for the public’s help and try to figure out what happened to Wood.

Deputies with the Durham County Sheriff’s Department responded to the initial call.

Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator W. Thomson at (919) 560-4118 or CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.

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