NORTH AUGUSTA, SC (WFXG) - A body was found inside a vehicle in the Savannah River Friday morning.
According to North Augusta Public Safety, a paddleboarder saw a vehicle’s license plate under the water’s surface near Riverview Park at around 9:30 a.m. and called police. North Augusta Public Safety called the Department of Natural Resources in to help. The vehicle was found to be a BMW with a Georgia license plate. Divers located a man’s body inside the vehicle.
The body was taken out of the vehicle and sent to the Aiken County Coroner’s Office. It’s not yet clear how long the man had been down there, but Public Safety says based on how much the body had decomposed, he had been down there for quite some time.
On Monday, the Aiken County Coroner’s Office released the man’s identity: 50-year-old Howard W. Oldfield of Evans. An autopsy determined that the cause of his death was drowning. No foul play is suspected.
Crews returned Saturday morning to pull the car out of the river. FOX 54 was live on the scene, broadcasting to Facebook when it was pulled from the river.