Body recovered from Lake Carolina identified as missing kayaker

COLUMBIA – Richland County Coroner Naida Rutherford has confirmed that the body that was recovered at Lake Carolina around 4:35 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022 is that of Theron Wallace, 20, of Columbia.


Wallace had been missing since Christmas morning while he was kayaking on Lake Carolina.

“This has been a difficult week for the Wallace family. While we didn’t get the results we hoped for, we are grateful that this family can begin the process for healing. We will continue working with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources to fully investigate this accident”, Coroner Rutherford states.

According to Rutherford, The Richland County Coroner’s Office Forensic K-9 unit assisted the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources with the recovery of the of Wallace’s body.

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