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Body found in Lake Murray, close to where man was missing

Carlos Baca was reported as missing

A body was found in the water near the campsite of a missing person from Dreher Island State Park, reported the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office.

The body was found in the water close to the campsite where Carlos Baca was last seen, the sheriff’s office said on Facebook. Baca, 22, was reported missing Sunday at Dreher Island Park on Lake Murray, the sheriff’s office said. That’s about 30 miles from Columbia.

Newberry County Water Rescue and Dive Team recovered a body just off the shore from the campsite where an individual was reported missing.

Newberry County Sheriff’s Office, Newberry County Water Rescue and Dive, DNR, and South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism staff continued the search that was conducted Sunday. Shortly before 3:00pm Monday, divers found the body in approximately nine feet of water just off the campsite.

Newberry County Coroner Laura Kneece will release the name of the body found once positive identification has been made and family members have been notified.

Sheriff Lee Foster offered his condolences to the family and gratitude for all the personnel involved in the search, most of them volunteers. “We are very blessed to have people willing to give of their time to help people in need, especially in today’s inclement weather,” said Sheriff Foster.

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