Authorities said Wednesday a body found by fishermen in the Savannah River was a Gaffney, S.C., man who died after he was shot in the head. Deputy Coroner Charlena Graham said fingerprint records identified Mickel Ian Mosley, 25.
Family members, who were interviewed Wednesday by Richmond County sheriff's deputies, said he was also badly beaten.
His mother, Jackie Mosley Fowler, said she last talked to her son Monday and later became worried when he failed to return calls to his cell phone.
She said authorities contacted her about her son's death at about 5 p.m. Tuesday. He was found that morning at the base of the lock and dam near Augusta Regional Airport.
Lynn Wright, Mr. Mosley's stepsister, said her brother was last seen with a man named Will Harper. Mr. Harper, along with her brother's white Lexus, are missing, she said.
Mr. Harper was described as an "acquaintance" by his mother.
"Will and Ian were together Sunday and Monday," Ms. Fowler said.
Both women said they didn't know why Mr. Mosley came to Augusta, but that he had just inherited a large sum of money from his late father.
"I think either somebody saw the Lexus and the bling-bling and jacked him," Ms. Fowler said, "or either my son and somebody were down here and did something they shouldn't do and it went bad."
Mr. Mosley was a student at the University of South Carolina Upstate and lived in Spartanburg, she said.
Despite her grief, Ms. Fowler said she did not wish harm on the person or persons who killed her son because she would not want their mothers to experience the pain she feels. She said she is glad her son is in a better place.
"I'll see him again," Ms. Fowler said. "He'll never die because he's in my heart and every time it beats, my son lives."
Staff Writer Jeremy Craig contributed to this report.
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Authorities are still investigating the death of Mickel Ian Mosley. Anyone with information about the case can contact the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at (706) 827-1080.