DENVER – The body of a drowning victim at Lake Norman has been found just several feet away from where she was last seen.

Elisabeth Anna Burford, 36, of Rock Ola Lane in Lincolnton, and a friend had been swimming off a pier in the 4600 block of Mitchell Lane. 

The man told authorities that he went inside the home and when he returned, the woman was missing. She was reported missing around 4:15 p.m.

Sherrill’s Ford Fire and Rescue divers found the body at 6:40 p.m. several feet from the end of the pier.