Authorities recover body of teen missing at Jordan Lake

Pittsboro, NC – On Thursday morning, March 9, Chatham County authorities recovered the body of a teenager who went missing Tuesday evening while jet-skiing near Farrington Point Boat Ramp, 605 Farrington Point Rd.

At approximately 8 p.m. on March 7, the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office responded to Farrington Point Boat Ramp following a report of a missing person.

Roberto Enrique DeLeto

On Wednesday, the boy’s family identified him as 15-year-old Roberto Enrique DeLeto.

Authorities launched a search of the water and the lake’s shoreline in an effort to find the teenager who went missing after encountering mechanical problems with a jet ski while on the lake. The search continued all day Wednesday and resumed Thursday morning. At approximately 11 a.m. Thursday, authorities recovered the teenager’s body from the lake.

“The loss of a loved one is always difficult,” said Sheriff Mike Roberson. “And while this isn’t the outcome we had hoped for when we began our search Tuesday evening, we hope this provides the young man’s family with closure and some peace. I also want to thank all the first responders who worked so hard to bring closure to the family.”

Assisting the Sheriff’s Office throughout were members of N.C. Wildlife Resources, N.C. Highway Patrol, North Chatham Fire Department, Moncure Fire Department, FirstHealth EMS, and Jennifer Miller of the REDS Team, who assisted with a K9 trained to locate missing people.

Also on hand to assist the teenager’s family were two pastors from their church as well as Dan Robinson, pastor at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church in Pittsboro, who also serves as chaplain for the North Chatham Fire Department; and Berenice Lazaro, Victim Services Coordinator with the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office. Many of the family’s friends also gathered with them while search efforts were underway, offering them their support and comfort. Numerous volunteer helpers from the community also aided by bringing food and beverages for the family and assisting authorities in the search effort.