SUMTER, SC (WCBD) – Authorities say they have found the body of a missing boater in Sumter County.
The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office and officers from the SC Dept. of Natural Resources searched again Tuesday, April 5 to locate Harry Lee Bradley, 61, who has been missing since friends dropped him off at the Pocotaligo River on US Hwy 15 South on Saturday to fish.
He was reported missing on Sunday.
We learned on Tuesday, April 3 at 3:30 p.m., the body of Henry Lee Bradley has been located near the area where his boat was discovered.
“It appears that Mr. Bradley was standing in the boat and fell overboard,” PFC Ed Laney from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources said.
Sumter County Deputy Coroner Rob Lybrand also said an autopsy and other testing to determine an exact cause of death and approximate time would be conducted in Newberry on Wednesday.
“Our condolences go out to the family of Mr. Bradley,” Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis said. “We appreciate the diligent team work from other agencies including the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the Florence County Sheriff’s Office, the Sumter Police Department, City of Sumter, South Carolina Department of Transportation and the concern and care from the many Sumter residents and passersby who stopped by to bring food and water to those active in the search.”
Laney lauded all of the agencies for working and communicating together.
Sumter County Coroner’s Office, Sumter County Sheriff Office and SC Dept. of Natural Resources will continue their investigations.