- Associated Press - Sunday, December 16, 2018

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A coroner says an autopsy on a body pulled from a pond at a city park found no signs of trauma.

News outlets report Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said in a news release that the cause of death is “pending further studies.” He identified the dead person as 29-year-old Jerry Jermaine Hickson of Myrtle Beach.

A passerby called Columbia police Friday after spotting Hickson’s body floating face-up in a pond at Finlay Park. Another witness, Hank Harris, told The State the body had ice forming in its hair and beard, as if it had been in the pond for some time.

Columbia police have not said whether they suspect foul play in Hickson’s death.

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