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Coroner IDs Murrells Inlet man found in marsh

Published: Apr. 29, 2022 at 10:27 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 29, 2022 at 5:38 PM EDT
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MURRELLS INLET, S.C. (WCSC) - The Georgetown County Coroner’s Office has released the name of a man found in a Murrells Inlet waterway Friday morning.

Coroner Chase Ridgeway says Mark Dennis Ouellette, 65, of Murrells Inlet, was found dead.

“Mr. Ouellette was found a short while after his empty kayak was found by a passing boater,” a post on the Georgetown County Coroner’s Office Facebook page states. “He was wearing a life jacket.”

According to a report from WMBF, Jason Lesley with the sheriff’s office said the body was found in the waters at Morse Landing Park off Highway 17 Business.

Two fishermen from North Carolina saw the empty kayak around 8:30 a.m. in the marsh., Lesley said.

An autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death is scheduled for Saturday.

Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office Deputies say additional agencies assisted the sheriff’s office’s marine unit in the recovery.

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