Details emerge after man drowns near Jamestown

  • Wednesday, February 5, 2014

A man who was found dead in a creek near Jamestown may have fallen from a bank, and his death has been ruled accidental.

According to a Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office incident report, at about 10 p.m. on Jan. 25, a family member of the victim said he was last seen leaving a family member’s house on foot and was possibly intoxicated, according to the report.

The 75-year-old victim, Dulas Beaford, was last wearing a brown hat, blue jacket and black pants. The family member reported his father missing at about 7 p.m. on Jan. 26, according to the report.

Numerous family members arrived along with rescue officials to begin a search. About an hour into the search, the victim’s hat was found along with a towel and water bottle containing whiskey, according to the report. The items were found beside a metal road barrier that passes over Savannah Creek.

It appeared the victim possibly stumbled and fell off the bank into the creek about 10 feet below, according to the report.

The visibility into the water was near zero due to dirt and debris. The creek appeared to be about 10 to 15 feet deep, according to the report.

The rescue squad recovered the victim’s body from the bottom of the creek bed, according to the report. The victim was found at about 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 27.

The coroner arrived and took over the scene. The cause of death was drowning and was ruled accidental, according to Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury.

The 50-person search party was made up of the Berkeley County Rescue Squad, the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office and the Jamestown Fire Department, Salisbury said.

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