Sheriff awaits medical examiner’s report in drowning death

Tim Strickland, 36, reported missing March 21
Mar. 25, 2013 @ 04:25 PM

A search for a missing Denton man ended tragically Saturday when his body was found in a creek.

According to a Davidson County Sheriff's Office press release, Tim Strickland, 36, of Summerville Church Road in Denton, was reported missing by his family on March 21 after they hadn't heard from him in several days. Family members discovered Strickland's body in a creek in the Silver Valley community on Regan Road on Saturday morning at approximately 10:15 a.m. DCSO is investigating the death as an accidental drowning.

"His family and friends were going on Facebook trying to contact other friends in an effort to locate him," Sheriff David Grice said. "Deputies are continuing their investigation."

Deputies started looking for Strickland when his family reported him missing five days after he was last seen. Grice said no one had any contact with Strickland since Saturday, March 16, at approximately 12:25 a.m. Deputies interviewed several people concerning Strickland's whereabouts before his body was found in a creek approximately 50 yards from where he lived.

"It was down a hill in the woods, down a pretty steep embankment," Grice said of the residence where Strickand's parked truck was found.

Strickland's body was sent to the chief medical examiner in Chapel Hill for an autopsy.

"A crime scene investigation was conducted," said Grice. "Toxicology results could take as much as three to four months to be complete and returned. The possibility of alcohol or chemical impairment is being investigated."

Grice the Davidson County Rescue Squad and the Silver Valley Fire Department assisted with the retrieval of the body.   

Staff Writer Eliot Duke can be reached at 888-3578, or duke@tvilletimes.com.