"They called Raleigh Police Department," NC State Police Chief Tom Younce said. "This happened about 4:15 p.m., 4:20 p.m. Raleigh arrived on the scene and called us since it was on NC State property."
Rescue crews from various agencies continued their recovery efforts well after sunset and found the body about 100 yards offshore in a shallow, southwest corner of the lake.
"We have called in the Apex Urban Rescue Unit, they're going to help us assist in getting the body out of the water," Younce said.
Raleigh Police also assisted NCSU Police in recovery efforts. Both departments quickly set up a staging area at the nearby Centennial Middle School -- cordoning off the entire perimeter of the water before settling at the only public access to the lake.
Once officers got close to the body they say they could tell it had been there awhile, but were unable to determine the race or gender of the person. The City/County Bureau of Identification is assisting in the effort to identify the body.
"The body is very badly decomposed, so we don't even know whether it's a male or female and we don't even know what race it is," Younce said.
Younce says there aren't any missing reports for NC State students, but he says investigators are currently looking into the area's latest Silver Alert.
It was issued for 48-year-old Hugh Allen -- a man missing since last week and said to be suffering from some type of cognitive impairment.
The alert was later canceled Thursday, but authorities have not said why.
Allen was last seen at an apartment on Gorman Street, which is a little less than a mile away from where the body was found.