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Boater who drowned on Lake Murray identified

The man went overboard on Buffalo Creek, near the Grant-Williams Estate.

LAKE MURRAY OF RICHLAND, S.C. — The Newberry County Sheriff's Office says the body of a missing boater who drowned on Lake Murray has been recovered. 

Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster confirmed the discovery just before 3:30 p.m. Monday. 

Newberry County Coroner Laura Kneece identified the man who died as 78-year-old Edgar Hofe of Gettysberg, Pennsylvania. An autopsy on him will take place later this week. 

Foster said Hofe was visiting the area as part of a vacation. 

The individual reportedly went overboard around 11:15 a.m. at Buffalo Creek, near the Grant-Williams Estate in Newberry County. The person has not been identified at this time. 

Assisting in the search were Newberry County EMS, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, SLED Aviation, Irmo/Lexington County Fire Service, and Lexington County Sheriff's Office.

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This is an ongoing story. News19 will post details when they become available. 

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