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Body recovered from Langley Pond Friday morning

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UPDATE:The Aiken County Coroner's Office confirms, the body of Byron Coleman was found and recovered from Langley Pond Friday morning.

Coleman was pronounced dead this morning at 8:09. An autopsy is scheduled this morning in Newberry, SC.

Burnettown Police Chief, David Paul Smith, said DNR saw the body floating in the water not far from the perimeter of where he was swimming around 7:30 Friday morning.

Police say the family made a positive ID of the body.

Langley Pond Park was closed Friday morning, but has since re-opened.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Thursday morning the Aiken County Dive team continued their search at Langley Pond in Burnettown. Family and friends wait desperately for answers after police identified Byron Coleman, 22, as the man who possibly disappeared in water Wednesday evening.

"It's very shocking," said Teaya Williams, a friend of Coleman's. "But you know, they say there's a lot of seaweed and tunnels in this water, so who knows what happened."

Burnettown police say three people were playing outside of the designated swim area. They tried swimming out to the sandbar, but got into some trouble. Witnesses nearby were able to help get two of the victims out of the water; one was rushed to the hospital. The third person from that group never returned to shore.

"It is a very complicated search because of the limited vision in the waters of the pond," said Burnettown Police Chief David Paul Smith.

Law enforcement from several agencies are out here patrolling the pond. They even brought in a helicopter to get a better look into the deeper waters.

Officials have not yet confirmed Coleman as the drowning victim they're searching for. But police say his belongings were found onshore, and his family hasn't heard from him since yesterday.

"I don't really want to think about it," said Kelly Williams, a friend of Coleman's. "I don't feel that he's out here. I hope he's not."

Family and friends say Coleman can swim well so they're trying to stay positive. Otherwise they hope police can give them any information on their loved one.

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