Coroner's office identifies man found floating in Stono River

RAW VIDEO: Man's body found in Stono River
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JOHNS ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - The coroner's office has identified a 47-year-old man who was found floating in the Stono River.

The coroner says David Stone of Charleston was spotted between the Limehouse and Stono boat landings Sunday morning. Stone was a dentist at the Stone Family Dentistry in West Ashley.

Charleston County deputies started searching the water around 8:30 a.m.Crews recovered the body two hours later. Authorities said they are searching the area of Mutual Drive for evidence in Stone's death, but say no foul play is suspected.

A boater located the body and called the Charleston County Consolidated Dispatch.

Investigators are still trying to figure out how he ended up in the river. According to the Charleston County Sheriff's Office, Stone was reported missing through the Charleston Police Department on July 20.

Jerry Spivey showed up to the dock under the Limehouse Bridge just as officers were leaving.

"Just got here and an older fellow came up to me and said they just pulled a body out of the water," said Spivey, who lives in Summerville.

While fishing, Spivey said he watched numerous rescue boats pass his fishing hole checking the reminder of the river.

Richard Deavers was bringing his family back to shore after a weekend camping trip on Wolf Island when he heard the news.

"I was kind of surprised," said Deavers, who was asked by first responding firefighters if he had seen the body.

Deavers friend, Jamie Seagraves, said shortly after he watched Coast Guard helicopters fly over the river.

"They were looking for something," said Seagraves. "We didn't know what they were looking for, then the next thing you know we heard a body was floating. Cops were everywhere. It was crazy."

The Charleston County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad, Charleston County EMS, the Charleston County Sheriff's Office Underwater Recovery Team, St Johns Fire and Rescue and Marine Patrol assisted in the recovery.

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