Body Of Missing Colleton County Fisherman Found

Family confirmed that the body of Sylvester Stephens has been recovered.

News reaching us at this moment states that the family of a local fisherman who has been missing for more than a week and Chief Barry McRoy with Colleton County Fire-Rescue and David Lucas with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources confirmed the body has been discovered.

David Lucas said that the body was found at around 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, the body was found 250 yards upstream from where his boat was found. After recovering the body, officers transferred him to the coroner’s office.

Earlier : On Friday, Colleton County Fire-Rescue Chief Barry McRoy said his crews, along with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office and SCDNR, have been searching around Colleton County for a missing fisherman for a week. The crews had been looking for Sylvester Stephens.

Sylvester Stephens is missing on the Chehaw River in Colleton County. He had been fishing alone on the Old Chehaw at the Old Trestle. It appears he was heading upriver back to Old Chehaw Landing (Wiggins).

Crews responded to Chehaw River off of Wiggins Road near Tilly Island around 6:20 p.m. on Friday, November 12. after another boater had reported seeing an empty vessel in the marsh. Since then, divers, aircraft and other vessels assisted in the search for Stephens each day. Some areas were also searched on foot. Officials said they had located a pair of glasses that may belong to the man. His boat was found in “the cut” or “the cut through” downriver of the landing on Friday, November 12, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.

SCDNR, Colleton County Sheriff’s Department, and Colleton County Fire and Rescue have been working tirelessly to find the missing fisherman around Colleton County for a week after his boat was found.

If you will be fishing or hunting on the Old Chehaw, New Chehaw, Combahee or anywhere around St. Helena Sound please be on the lookout for Sylvester. If you find him or anything that may be helpful to the investigation please call SCDNR at 1 800 922 5431 or the Colleton County Sheriff’s Department at 843 549 2211.

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