Coroner identifies body found in Georgetown river as missing boater

GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Officials with the Georgetown County Coroner's Office say a body discovered on Saturday in the Sampit River near Front Street has been positively identified as a boater who went missing last month.

Authorities say the body was identified as Keith Edward Sullivan, who had been missing since Jan. 12. An autopsy performed at the Medical University of South Carolina shows the cause of death as drowning, with the manner being accidental.

Georgetown County deputies say the United States Coastal Guard recovered the body near Goat Island around 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Authorities say at the time of the discovery, officials believed the body was Sullivan's, who was reported missing on Jan. 12.

Officials say the 45-year-old man had been living on a boat which is anchored in the Sampit River near the town clock on Front Street in Georgetown.

The sheriff's office says Sullivan was last seen on his boat the 'Saga.'

Deputies say articles of clothing similar to those described as being worn by Sullivan were found Jan. 17 on Goat Island at the mouth of the Sampit River.

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