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Body of N.C. woman recovered from Lake Wateree

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) recovered the body Tuesday morning of a young North Carolina woman who went missing after diving Sunday evening from a boat on Lake Wateree.

Kershaw County Coroner David West identified the woman as Krista Lee Philemon, 22, of Monroe, N.C. West said Philemon’s body was located at Jutty Point around 6:40 a.m. Tuesday. She had gone missing around 8:45 p.m. Sunday when she reportedly jumped off a boat along with several others, but did not resurface.

Wednesday afternoon, West said an autopsy performed that morning preliminarily concluded Philemon died of asphyxiation by drowning with no underlying causes.

According to tweets posted by the SCDNR, the Camden Fire Department and Kershaw County Rescue Squad assisted in the search for Philemon’s body, along with the Kershaw County Fire Service, Emergency Medical Services, and the sheriff’s offices of Kershaw and Lancaster counties.

SCDNR called off the search for several hours early Monday morning and again early Tuesday morning before finding Philemon’s body.

West said Philemon was not wearing a life jacket Sunday evening.