Richland Co. coroner identifies body discovered in pond on Old Percival Road


The Richland County Coroner has released the identity of the body that was found in a pond on Old Percival Road on Saturday.

The body was identified as 45-year-old Andrew Laverne Threatt. An autopsy was done on Sunday and the exact cause of Threatt’s death is pending further studies, according to the coroner.

The Columbia Police Department, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, and Columbia Fire all responded to Kimpton Drive just before 1 p.m. Deputy Chief Melron Kelly with Columbia Police said the department received a call from neighbors in the area about a suspicious object floating in the pond that appeared to be a human body.

Details are extremely limited at this time as dive teams with RCSD work to recover the body. WIS is told that due to the level of decomposition officials cannot tell the age or sex of the body. Investigators say no foul play is expected at this time.

CPD, @ColaFire & @RCSD are working to recover a deceased person who was found in a pond shortly before 1 p.m. on Kimpton Drive. While the investigation is just beginning, we do not suspect foul play at this time. The Coroner’s Office will assist us in determining what happened.

— Columbia Police Dept (@ColumbiaPDSC) August 11, 2018

The Richland County Coroner is also on scene. The identity of the victim is expected to be released Sunday morning.

Check back for updates.

BREAKING: @ColumbiaPDSC confirms to me they found a body in a pond off Old Percival Rd. Right now dive teams with @RCSD are working on recovery.

— Jenna Cisneros (@JennaWISTV) August 11, 2018

I’m told at this time officials do not know if this is a result of foul play or a drowning. @wis10

— Jenna Cisneros (@JennaWISTV) August 11, 2018

Coroner Garry Watts tells me we can expect the ID of the person found by tomorrow morning.

— Jenna Cisneros (@JennaWISTV) August 11, 2018

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