Finds Negro’s Body in Wateree River

Special To The State

Camden, May 31. – The body of a mulatto negro, said to have weighed between 140 and 150 pounds, was found in Wateree river on Tuesday afternoon where it had risen to the surface and lodged against a raft. The find was made by Dan E. Jones, a white man, who was fishing. It had landed near the line of the lands of W. M. Kirkand, about 16 miles below Camden, and some seem to think it is a body of a convict who escaped from the state farm about a week ago. The body had a long scar just behind the left ear and scar on back of neck, also a plain vaccination scar on left arm. Sheriff Welsh and Deputy McLeod went to the scene Tuesday and returned Wednesday morning in company with Acting Coroner G. E. Hinson of Blaney, but as there was no evidence of four play the body was buried on the river bank and no inquest was held.

June 1, 1923  State (published as The State)  
Columbia, South Carolina
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