Body found in Savannah River identified

 

Authorities have identified a woman whose body was discovered in the Savannah River March 31.

Today Richmond County Coroner Grover Tuten identified the woman as Annette U. Maxwell, 66, of Blythe.

Tuten estimated the woman had been in the water approximately three days when her body was discovered off of Riverfront Dive by a someone kayaking.

At the time her body was too badly decomposed to be positively identified.

Maxwell’s vehicle was discovered outside The Boathouse Community Center, approximately a mile away from where she was found.

Richmond County sheriff’s Sgt. Dan Carrier said Maxwell was reported missing approximately a week before she was found. An investigation reveal Maxwell had previously threatened to drown herself in the river.

Tuten said the cause of death was ruled as an accidental drowning.

“We honestly don’t know what happened,” Tuten said. “If she did commit suicide she didn’t leave a note that we could find.”

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