Missing man's body found in Lake Benson in Garner

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Mom makes plea for details about her missing son

GARNER, N.C. (WTVD) -- Authorities in Garner announced Wednesday that the body of James Joseph Hipp was found in Lake Benson on Wednesday morning.

Officials had been searching for the 26-year-old since early Monday following concerns that he may have tried to harm himself based on clues found in his vehicle.

Hipp's mother told ABC11 in an interview Tuesday that she was desperately hoping that her son was not in the water.

"I can't sleep, I can't eat. I just want my son home. I want him so bad, I can taste it," said Lucy Durbin.

Durbin said she hadn't seen her son since Saturday night, when he was at the home they share on Pamela Drive in Raleigh.

Late Sunday night, Durbin said a Wake County deputy knocked on the door asking about her son.

"[I] opened the door, and she said, 'Do you know a James Hipp?' And I said, 'Well, yeah that's my son. What happened?'," Durbin recalled.

Durbin said she thought her son was still working at a nearby Bojangles.

Around 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, authorities said they located Hipp's body in the lake during a boat search.

They said his death is an apparent suicide, and his body has been sent to the Medical Examiner's Office for autopsy to determine the cause of death.

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