Coroner positively identifies remains of teen who disappeared off Folly Beach

Coroner positively identifies remains of teen who disappeared off Folly Beach

FOLLY BEACH, SC (WCSC) - Officials with the Charleston County Coroner's Office say they have identified the remains of a missing teenager who disappeared during a dive with his father off Folly Beach on July 12.

The coroner says the remains of Tristen Allen were identified on Wednesday. The coroner's office has not released information on the cause of death or when the remains were found.

Allen was diving with his father before he was scheduled to go to The Citadel. Samuel Allen said his son went back under the water without a sound and appeared to be struggling to get his diving gear off. Allen said they dove for hours trying to find him.

Allen's family issued a statement on Wednesday and signed by Samuel, Susan and Katherine Allen, reads:

It was with the heaviest possible hearts that the Allen family (Samuel, Susan and daughter Katherine) turned over the investigation and search for Tristen Allen, 18 years old (having just graduated from James Island High School and proudly on his way to The Citadel), solely to the public agencies to continue to look for their beloved son and brother.

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