Body found near Whale Branch River in Beaufort County

Body Found

BEAUFORT COUNTY, S.C. – A fisherman discovered a body in a creek in an area off of Whale Branch River just before noon Wednesday, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.

Both the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and the Sheriff’s Office responded.

Investigators say the clothing on the body matches what 67-year-old Richard Heyward was wearing when he went missing on August 19th.

An autopsy will be performed at the Medical University of South Carolina to determine the cause of death and the identity.

We will update this story as soon as that information is released.

 

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