Winston Lake drowning

Lewisville Fire Department’s water rescue personnel use sonar to search for the missing person at Winston Lake on Monday.

Police have identified the body of a man who went swimming at Winston Lake on Monday morning and never resurfaced.

Tyron David Eldridge, 48, was reported missing by his family around 6:40 p.m. Monday and had last been seen in the 200 block of Walkertown Avenue, half a mile from Winston Lake, earlier that morning.

His body was found a day later at 11:26 a.m. Tuesday in the water, but “very close to the shore,” said August Vernon, Forsyth County Emergency Management director.

The body was identified after an autopsy was conducted Tuesday, and police said there were no signs of foul play.

It was unclear how deep the water was where the body was found or what caused Eldridge’s death.

At 9:56 a.m. Monday, emergency personnel responded to the lake after a fisherman reported that a swimmer had not resurfaced.

The fisherman said the man had removed his clothing, jumped into the lake and begun swimming for a short period of time.

Fire department officials said the man’s clothes, which did not include identification, were found on a bank by the lake.

The body was found after an extensive search that included a swift-water rescue team, searches of the shoreline and sonar.

Emergency crews from Winston-Salem, Lewisville, High Point and Madison aided in the search.

Eldridge, of the of 1600 block of North Cherry Street, was a former City of Winston-Salem employee, city manager Lee Garrity said. He worked for the city from 1997 to 2000 as a sanitation laborer.

Swimming is not allowed in any city lake, and signs are posted with that information, said William Royston, the director of the Winston-Salem Recreation and Parks Department.

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