Coroner: Body found in Finlay Park pond identified as Myrtle Beach man


Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the man whose body was found in a pond at Finlay Park Friday morning.

According to the Coroner, 29-year-old Jerry Jermaine Hickson of Myrtle Beach, was pronounced dead at the scene around 11 a.m. when a passerby noticed his body floating in a pond.

At this time the coroner says there are no signs of trauma however the cause of death is pending further studies at this time.

The Columbia Police Department is currently investigating.

WACH FOX spoke with the the witnesses who notified authorities about the body.

WACH the full interview below.

Original Story:

Columbia Police are investigating the details into a dead body found floating in a pond in Finlay Park Friday morning. The Richland County Coroner’s Office, Columbia Fire as well as the Richland County Sheriff’s Department were on the scene to pull the body out of the water and determine what happened.

The body was found by a passerby at the park who called 9-1-1. Henry Harris is one of the men who was there when the body was discovered. “A young man came to me and said, Hank I think I see a body in the water but I can’t tell. So, I said, let me walk over here because that is somebody’s child and somebody’s family and see if we can confirm it."

The Richland County Coroner's Office and the Columbia Police Department are working on the case. So far, they haven't identified him.

Harris goes on to say, “so I walked over and I looked in the water. He had a lot of ice over his face, seemed like it was frozen, like it’s been there for a couple of days or whatever and I said, oh yeah, it’s definitely a body."

Kapaunda Bawnister also saw the body and shares, “you could see the mustache and a little small beard. And you can see the hair coming out on top of his coat. The hood was still on.”

They showed us where they spotted the body. “He was about right there in the water maybe twenty feet out.”

The Columbia Police says their department and the Richland County Coroner’s office will determine if the man’s death was a homicide or not.

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