SLED now investigating the death of 18-year-old boater Elijah Weatherspoon

Charleston County News

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – SLED is investigating the death of an 18-year-old boater who went missing last week.

The body of Elijah Weatherspoon was recovered from a sandbar off Sullivan’s Island on Sunday morning.

He went missing after entering the waterway from a boat near the Ravenel Bridge on the evening of June 25th and did not resurface.

According to the Coast Guard, Weatherspoon allegedly fell overboard around 10:17 p.m. and a friend who was with him went into the water to assist him back to the boat.

On Tuesday, the Charleston County Legislative Delegation formally requested that SLED conduct a full and thorough investigation into the death of Elijah Weatherspoon. The request was led by Representative Marvin Pendarvis.

“It’s not to say that DNR is incapable, but it’s to add the reinforcement especially a case that has gotten the kind of attention that this has,” Pendarvis told News 2.

On Thursday, Weatherspoon’s family released a statement honoring their loved one and calling for a transparent investigation into his death. The family has retained attorneys to assist in navigating legal matters.

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