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Powdersville High School remembers alum found dead in Columbia

Michael Keen attended Powdersville High in 2017
Body found near Vulcan Materials quarry identified as missing UofSC student
Body found near Vulcan Materials quarry identified as missing UofSC student(Keen Family)
Published: Nov. 24, 2021 at 9:58 AM EST
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WYFF) - An Upstate high school is remembering an alumnus who was found dead this week in Columbia.

UofSC student Michael Keen was found dead in a quarry near Rosewood Drive not far from the Olympia-Granby area at the Vulcan Materials rock quarry, police said.

Keen graduated from Powdersville High School in 2017. The school paid tribute to him on its Facebook page.

“Our Patriot family would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Michael Keen, PVHS Class of 2017,” the post said. “Our hearts break for this unimaginable loss. Please keep Michael’s loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.”

Keen’s father last heard from his son on Sunday when Michael told him he was leaving J’s Corner Restaurant and Bar to walk home.

Police say they are working with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department and the Richland County Coroner’s Office.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Michael’s family, the USC family, and all affected by this tragedy,” Coroner Naida Rutherford said. “Michael was expected to graduate from the University in the next three weeks.”

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