Autopsy results show man found in retention pond died naturally

Officials on the scene of a submerged vehicle in a retention pond off of Dick Scobee Road and Ronald McNair Blvd. (Source: WMBF News Reporter Mark Meredith)
Officials on the scene of a submerged vehicle in a retention pond off of Dick Scobee Road and Ronald McNair Blvd. (Source: WMBF News Reporter Mark Meredith)
(Source: WMBF News Reporter Mark Meredith)
(Source: WMBF News Reporter Mark Meredith)
(Source: WMBF News Reporter Mark Meredith)
(Source: WMBF News Reporter Mark Meredith)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The Horry County Coroner's Office has identified the victim found in a submerged truck in a retention pond off of Dick Scobee Road Sunday evening, and preliminary autopsy results show he died of natural causes.

Authorities say William Long, 59, of Myrtle Beach was found inside the pick-up truck after a call came in from a man claiming to be a pilot who said he spotted a car underwater in a retention pond located in an undeveloped subdivision off of Dick Scobee Road and Ronald McNair Blvd.

South Carolina Highway Patrol and Horry County Fire Rescue continue their investigation to determine how the truck, and Long's body, came to be in the pond.

According to Horry County Police, "Horry County Police responded to the call and we were able to locate a red, Dodge truck in a retention pond," said Horry County Police Lt. Keith Strickland. Police also found the body of WIlliam Long. At this point it's unclear if Long was the driver or passenger of the truck.

Both Horry County Police and the South Carolina Highway Patrol are investigating the case, and after the preliminary autopsy from the Horry County Coroner's Office, foul play seems to have been ruled out.

"Our crime scene investigators are out, our criminal investigative detectives are also looking into the case trying to glean as much information as possible," Lt. Strickland explains.

The Horry County Coroner performed their autopsy on Monday, and while the cause of death is still unknown, the Coroner's office assures that Long died of natural causes.

It will take 12 weeks to complete the toxicology and tissue results, which will give further insight into the cause of death.

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