Missing Haywood County Man’s Body Found In Creek

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WAYNESVILLE, N.C. – Searchers have found the body of a Haywood County man reported missing earlier this week.

Multiple media outlets reported that the body of 67-year-old Johnnie Rathbone of Waynesville was found in a creek near the Lake Junasluska Golf Course late Monday afternoon.

Family members had reported Rathbone missing Monday morning. Sheriff’s Sgt. Heidi Warren said Rathbone had not been seen since Saturday.

Warrant said a deputy spotted Rathbone’s car Monday afternoon. His body was found about two hours later in Richland Creek about 200 yards from his car.

Warren said an autopsy is planned to determine the cause of death.

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