Authorities confirm a female’s body found near the Broad River Boat Landing is that of 19-year-old Mallory Beach.
The body was found Sunday afternoon with clothing similar to what Beach was reported to have been wearing at the time she was ejected from a boat a week ago.
An autopsy was performed Monday to officially identify the body. The coroner found she died of blunt force trauma to the head from the boating collision as well as drowning.
More than 15 first responders and dozens of Good Samaritans joined in the week-long search for Beach.
She was riding in a boat with five friends two weekends ago when the boat crashed and sent her into the water.
A Port Royal Police report obtained by News 3 offers more details into the night of the crash.
The report says the boat hit a group of pylons near the bridge on Archer’s Creek about 2:00 am Sunday.
Heavy fog made it difficult for first responders to find Beach. And the Coast Guard was unable to send a helicopter in the area to search because of low visibility.
All six people in the boat, according to officers, were “grossly intoxicated” at the time of the crash.
The officer in his report noted “blood in the main compartment of the boat” and a “large split in the hull from the impact.”
No breathalyzer or sobriety tests were done at the scene because the officers could not determine who the driver was.
But investigators could narrow it down to one of two people. Investigators believed multiple sobriety tests could affect charges if they were ever to be filed.
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is now in charge of the investigation.