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25-year-old man drowns at Smith Mountain Lake, authorities say

UPDATE – Sept. 14

Officials say the manner of death for the 25-year-old man who drowned at Smith Mountain Lake is an accident.


A Roanoke man is dead after drowning at Smith Mountain Lake Monday, according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities said at around 10:45 a.m., the Franklin County Communications Center received a report of a missing person last seen around the Smith Mountain Lake area.

We’re told the sheriff’s office responded to the area to search for the missing person, and located a body in the water. The victim was removed from the water and pronounced dead.

FCSO said the victim has been identified as 25-year-old Jerson Martinez of Roanoke.

According to authorities, the body has been transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office and this investigation will remain active pending official autopsy results.

The sheriff’s office said there does not appear to be any suspicious circumstances at this time.

In a Facebook post, Los Amigos Bar and Grill in Smith Mountain Lake said Martinez was an assistant manager at the restaurant. The restaurant and marina are currently closed to allow staff to mourn.

Additionally, a GoFundMe was started to help support his mother during these trying times. If you wish to donate, you can do so below:

Source: WSLS News 10

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