Coroner releases name of man found by kayakers on Broad River, Saturday

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual whose body was discovered along the bank of the Broad River, Saturday afternoon. The body was discovered about a quarter of a mile down from the bridge at Broad River Road and River Hill Circle, Columbia.   The body was found by kayakers and was recovered by members of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department Dive Team and the Columbia Fire Department shortly after it was discovered.

Charlie Thomas Nguyen, 24, of Duke Avenue, Columbia, was transported to Palmetto Health Richland Memorial Hospital where positive identification was made and an autopsy was performed Sunday morning. The autopsy indicated that the cause of death was due to probable drowning.   Mr. Nguyen had been reported missing on May 30, 2018.

The Columbia Police Department is investigating.

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