UPDATE: CCSO has released new details regarding the recovery of Thelonious Green’s truck.
According to CCSO, shortly after Green was reported missing, CCSO searched the area of the Edisto River but was unsuccessful in locating the truck.
Green’s family contacted an Illinois-based dive team known online as ‘Chaos Divers’ to aid in the search.
Chaos Divers documents their missions online via social media.
The team made the trip to Charleston County to search local waters for Green.
The team located Green’s truck through sonar technology.
Divers dove into the water to confirm their findings and retrieve the license plate.
“We thank Chaos Divers for their diligence in searching the water and helping to bring a measure of closure to Lamar Green’s family,” a statement from CCSO read.
The Charleston County Coroner on Monday confirmed that the body found in the truck was Green. The cause of death has not yet been identified.
CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday confirmed the body believed to be that of a man missing since last month was recovered from the Edisto River.
Deputies responded to the Willtown Bluff Boat Landing near Adams Run around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday after a civilian diver found a submerged vehicle in the Edisto River.
“The diver removed the license plate, which belongs to the pickup truck of Thelonious Lamar Green, who was reported missing to CCSO in June,” said Andrew Knapp, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.
Knapp said divers from the department’s underwater recovery team removed the Ford F-150 from the water early Sunday morning and found a body inside the vehicle.
The body will be identified by the Charleston County Coroner’s Office.
Deputies previously said Green had left a family gathering in Adams Run on the night of June 4th and had not been seen since. Authorities did not suspect foul play, but said the man suffered from memory loss and “regularly takes medication for health issues, raising his loved ones’ concern.”
Detectives searched areas around Penny Creek and other nearby locations by land, air, and water after he was first reported missing. “But no signs of Green or his pickup truck have been found,” Knapp said in a Friday news release.
Anyone who may have information about this case is encouraged to contact the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office.