Body Found in Tuckasegee River Believed to be that of Missing Local

On Thursday a body was recovered from the Tuckasegee River believed to be that of a local missing person. On March 30th the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office received a missing persons report on Fernando Vargas Gonzales who was, at the time, residing in the Tuckasegee area. Jackson County deputies along with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation made various searches by foot and by air of the Coppermine Court area which was the last known location of Mr. Gonzales. Numerous searches have been ongoing throughout the past several days. On Thursday June 6th the Jackson County Sheriff’s office was notified of a body being found in the Tuckasegee River. With the assistance of the Jackson County Rescue Squad a body believed to be that of Mr. Gonzales was recovered from the river about one half mile down river from the trailer park that was his last known location. The local medical examiner was on the scene during the recovery, and the body has been taken to a state medical examiner’s office to determine the cause of death. The investigation of the circumstances causing this death are ongoing.