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PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Pender County teacher drowned earlier this week.

The Sheriff’s Office says the family of Amanda Perkins reported her missing early Thursday morning after she did not come home from paddleboarding along a creek off the Intracoastal Waterway near Hampstead.

Deputies and a neighbor with a boat found her body in the water.

Perkins was a teacher at Topsail Middle School.

A friend says she leaves behind two children.

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