EDGEFIELD COUNTY, SC (WFXG) - The family of a 39-year-old man recovered from Stevens Creek said fishing was his passion. He often came to the water with his older brother, who was his fishing buddy.
Andre Johnson was the youngest of six children and had a 9-year-old child of his own, his sister-in-law said. Johnson worked hard and was an active-duty member of the Army Reserves. His family said they rushed to the scene of the investigation when they learned he was missing Thursday night.
A South Carolina Department of Natural Resource spokesperson confirms with FOX 54 that a body was recovered from Stevens Creek in Edgefield County.
David Adams, Regional Public Information Officer Coordinator of the SCDNR, said his department received a call from Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office around 5:30 p.m. Thanksgiving night informing the DNR that a resident who lived near Stevens Creek Landing spotted someone attempting to swim ashore.
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources dive team located and recovered the body of a North Augusta man, Friday morning around 8:50 a.m. underwater. The SCDNR spokesperson said he was not wearing a life jacket.
The victim’s brother said the man was fishing at the time of the incident. The SCDNR is investigating. Edgefield County Deputy Coroner Doug Painter said an autopsy will be conducted in Newberry Monday. at this time there is no preliminary information on Johnson’s cause of death.
FOX 54 is working to obtain more information.