Coroner: Missing Colleton fisherman found dead

COLLETON COUNTY, S.C. (WCIV) - Officials with the Colleton County Coroner's Office have confirmed that a fisherman reported missing earlier this month has been found deceased.

The body of 27-year-old Maurice Thomas was located over the weekend. He was believed to be in the area of South Fenwick Island. The coroner lists his official cause of death as drowning.

According to Coast Guard Sector Charleston officials, Guardsmen received reports around 7:45 p.m. that a missing fisherman had not returned from an oyster trip the day before. The missing fisherman's associate told Guardsmen that the man was expected home Wednesday night after leaving in the afternoon.

SCDNR found the fishing boat in the area of Fish Creek, but the fisherman was nowhere in sight, officials said.