Coroner confirms body found in Murrells Inlet is missing kayaker

Published: Dec. 20, 2021 at 8:43 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 20, 2021 at 12:24 PM EST
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MURRELLS INLET, S.C. (WCSC) - The Georgetown County Coroner confirmed Monday morning a body found in the inland waters of Murrells Inlet is that of a kayaker missing since Saturday night.

The body was identified as that of 29-year-old Vladamir Norman of Murrells Inlet, Coroner Chase Ridgeway said.

Deputies said the body was located near the Pompano Drive area as the sheriff’s office’s Marine Patrol units were assisting the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Coast Guard in searching for Norman.

The U.S. Coast Guard said Norman was reported overdue Saturday. A good Samaritan found Norman’s kayak Sunday with no sign of Norman.

Ridgeway said an autopsy would be performed Thursday at MUSC to confirm the cause and manner of death.

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