Coroner identifies body found in Edisto River as missing Columbia man

Coroner identifies body found in Edisto River as missing Columbia man
Bernard Stroman had been reported missing from the Columbia area in November.

COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The coroner has identified the 28-year-old man whose body was recovered over the weekend from the Edisto River.

Bernard Lamar Stroman, of Columbia, was found Sunday at approximately 11 a.m., according to Coroner Richard Harvey. Investigators, assisted by Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office, Dorchester Fire Rescue, the Colleton County Coroner’s Office and South Carolina Department of Natural Resources retrieved the body from the water.

Colleton County deputies responded after area residents who were checking trout lines spotted Stroman’s body and called authorities, Colleton County Sheriff’s spokesperson Shalane Lowes said.

Stroman’s body was taken to MUSC for an autopsy on Tuesday. Harvey said no foul play is suspected in Stroman’s death.

Stroman’s unsecured, unlocked car, a 2018 black Honda Accord, had been found abandoned on Nov. 29, when a deputy responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle on Augusta Highway, Lowes said. The Richland County Sheriff’s Office said Stroman had been reported missing from Columbia.

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