Crews search for missing boater at Shearon Harris Reservoir

Ellis McCoy in a photo from his family. CBS North Carolina photo of Shearon Harris Reservoir.


NEW HILL, N.C. (WNCN) — Crews are searching the Shearon Harris Reservoir for a missing boater Monday afternoon, officials said.

Ellis McCoy in a photo from his family.

The incident was reported around 1:45 p.m. by a boater on the lake, according to Holly Springs fire officials.

The boater who reported the incident initially saw a man fishing in a boat.

About 30 minutes later the boater passed by again, but the fisherman was nowhere to be seen and the boat was empty, officials said.

The missing man’s family later identified him as Ellis McCoy. McCory is married and has a granddaughter and his family says he is an avid fisherman.

Authorities said they are investigating the incident as a missing person’s case.

There are four rescue boats out on the lake and divers are on the scene, but have not yet entered the water.

A boat with sonar is expected soon from the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

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