Watkins has not been seen since March 18.
Charlotte's Fox 46, was for a time reporting that the body that has been recovered from Lake Wiley was indeed that of Watkins. Early Monday morning the station deleted the claim.
The body in question was found floating in the water under the Buster Boyd bridge and was spotted by a passing boater.
The 911 call made by an unnamed boater references the missing woman but also mentions that the victim appears to be wearing a black life jacket. The caller further states that he is not sure if the person is man or female that the body is floating face down and that it seems to have a small waist. The caller askes if it could be a child, which may have led to some confusion in earlier reports.
CMPD’s Lake Wylie Boat Patrol and the Charlotte Fire Department responded to the scene to retrieve the body.
CMPD and Charlotte Fire teams had previously searched the lake by boat looking for Wakins but called off their search at 5pm on Friday afternoon.
The 39-year-old mother of two and wife of former Mecklenburg County GOP chair Curtis Watkins is still listed as a missing person on CMPD's website.
This sad development unfortunately makes sense, given cold the water temperature. It takes about a week, longer in colder water for a body to gas up and rise to the surface. While the theory that she committed suicide by jumping off the Buster Boyd Bridge does not have the same dramatic visual as say Charleston's Ravenel Bridge or San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, this could possibly be the result of just such a choice.
Anonymous reports that CMPD homicide detectives executed a search warrant at Watkins house on Monday morning are also unconfirmed.
However, a jump from the center of the Buster Boyd Bridge would not be certain death as the bridge is rather low at 30 feet. Death by drowning would be a possibility for a non swimmer. Hard to imagine someone putting on a life jacket to end their life as the 911 caller stated the body seemed to be wearing. While there are black waterski vests its more logical that this is just the black jacket Watkins was last seen wearing.
Homicide remains a concern and the chance that the body is not actually that of Watkins is also still a question.
Suicide is a taboo subject for news media coverage, yet it is more common than homicide. Education, awareness and intervention is the best prevention.
As sources on Sunday stated the body recovered was indeed that of Vatsla Watkins.
Suicide is the noted cause of death and no foul play is not suspected.
Finally - if you know anyone who is troubled, depressed and distant please seek help for them by taking the time to contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or visit their web site at: