June 23, 2019
Incident Under Investigation on Kiawah
Yesterday evening the Town released the following communication to the local media:
“This afternoon the Town of Kiawah Island was informed that the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office was responding to a missing person report of a male resident of the community. Unfortunately, the search ended with the recovery of a body from a pond near the missing individual’s home. At this time, the circumstances surrounding this fatality and the cause of death are unclear and are being investigated by the Sheriff’s office. The Town is in contact with the Sheriff’s office and will provide additional information as it becomes available. The Town will not release the name of the individual, pending confirmation from the County Coroner.
I am deeply saddened by this tragedy. Kiawah Island is a small community of well-acquainted friends and neighbors and this and this loss will be felt by the entire community. On behalf of myself and the Town, we extend our condolences to the family.”
Craig Weaver – Mayor, Town of Kiawah Island
In addition, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) disclosed that they had been called to the scene to search for an alligator. Today, Town Wildlife Biologists and Community Association security have joined DNR in an active search for the animal. It is not known if the alligator was involved in the fatality, but when caught, will be euthanized and autopsied. The Town will provide additional information as it becomes available.