- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Richland County sheriff’s deputies have arrested a man and charged him in the drowning death of a Columbia woman.

Sheriff’s deputies told local media outlets that 33-year-old Michael Jason Pate has been charged with murder.

The Columbia Fire Department recovered the body of 37-year-old Lindsay Kellah McKay about 3:30 a.m. Sunday. Sheriff’s deputies say McKay drowned in the Broad River near Interstate 20 on Saturday.

Sheriff Leon Lott said in a news release that Pate’s girlfriend called deputies about 8 p.m. Saturday about a drowning.

Lott said Pate told McKay they were going to the river to go fishing. The sheriff said investigators think the two got into an argument, which turned into a physical fight, and ended with McKay’s death.

It was not clear if Pate has an attorney.

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