Man found dead in Philpott Lake

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, VA (WDBJ7)-- UPDATE: The body of a man was found Tuesday in Philpott Lake.

According to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Coleman Lewis Hale, 73, was found dead in the water not far from where his boat was located, two miles from the Ryan's Branch dock.

Hale had left for a fishing trip Monday morning around 6:30, and never came back, leading his family to report him missing Tuesday morning.

Nothing suspicious is expected regarding the death of Hale, the sheriff's office says.

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According to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, there are search and rescue operations underway on Philpott Lake for a missing person.

Officials say the man missing is 73 years old, and was last reported seen Monday morning around 6:30 by his family.

His car was found at Ryan's Branch. A family member told WDBJ7 the man had left to go fishing.

Family members of the missing man notified police they could not locate him.

Stay with WDBJ7 for updates.