Drowning Victim Identified

The Fairfield County Coroner’s Office has identified the body of a man discovered floating in Lake Wateree Friday morning.

Barkley Ramsey said 58-year-old Craig Phillip Paris of Trenholm Road in Columbia was found dead in the waters of Lake Wateree State Part around 8:30 a.m. Paris checked into the park alone Thursday night and camped overnight. Ramsey said Paris had apparently gone fishing during the early morning hours and had fallen from an embankment into the water and drowned.

The case remains under investigation, pending an autopsy and toxicology report, Ramsey said.

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