GCSO: Body recovered from Black River was missing man

GEORGETOWN, S.C. (WCBD) – Authorities in Georgetown County say they have recovered a man’s body from the Black River.

Officials with the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office say the body was discovered by boaters on Wednesday.

The department’s marine patrol has been conducting water searches in the area for a man who went missing earlier this week.

Coroner Kenny Johnson identified the body as that of Michael Hechler, 21, of Browns Ferry Road.

Deputies said a vehicle belonging to a family member was recovered from the river Monday with the assistance of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. Damage to the vehicle indicates it was involved in an accident at the Pea House boat landing.

An autopsy has been scheduled.