Missing boater found dead at Lake Murray

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Authorities in Saluda County say the body of a missing boater has been recovered from Lake Murray. Saluda County sheriff’s Chief Deputy Chris Cockrell said in a statement that the body of 46-year-old Cynthia Leagans was found Tuesday in the water about a mile and a half from her lakeside home.

Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster says authorities began searching that afternoon after another boater reported seeing an empty pontoon boat on the lake.

Officials say a short time later, Leagan’s husband called authorities to report his wife was missing as well as the family’s pontoon boat. An autopsy will be performed Wednesday to determine cause of death.

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