Tamassee man found dead in Upper Whitewater Lake in Oconee Co.

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OCONEE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – The Oconee County Coroner’s Office has identified a Tamassee man that was found dead in Upper Whitewater Lake.

According to the coroner’s office, Austin Wade Campbell, 24, was found Sunday at approximately 1 p.m. near his home.

According to the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office, Campbell was the subject of a missing person’s case reported on Nov. 11.

The sheriff’s office said Campbell left his family’s residence, on Catfish Pond Road, on foot around 10 a.m. on Nov. 10th. Campbell did not have a vehicle or a cell phone.

The deputy who took the initial report searched several areas but did not locate Austin, the sheriff’s office said. Investigators from the Criminal Investigations Division continued their search with a drone, the Oconee County Aviation Unit, with the assistance of the K9 Foothills Search and Rescue team, along with the Oconee County Emergency Services, but Austin was not located.

Sunday an article of clothing that family members said belonged to Austin was located near North Lake Drive, the OCSO said. Deputies began searching the area by foot, according to the sheriff’s office. As the search continued, Austin’s body was located by a family member in a body of water.

According to investigators, no signs of foul play have been discovered at this time.

An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.

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