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Coroner's office: Authorities locate body of missing fisherman

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COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Colleton County Coroner's Office says the body of a missing fisherman has been found.

Authorities say 27-year-old Maurice Thomas of Longs, SC died from drowning.

The Coast Guard had been searching for the fisherman ever since he went missing two weeks ago. Authorities had been searching for Thomas near the area of South Fenwick Island.

Thomas was expected to return to land on the evening of March 19 after an oyster fishing trip but never came back. 

The Coast Guard, Department of Natural Resources, and Colleton County Sheriff's Office were all involved in the search. Emergency crews had located the fisherman's 14-foot boat, but Thomas was not onboard.

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