Police find body of man Sunday in lake at Broadway at the Beach, autopsy completed

08/10/2014 10:17 PM

08/11/2014 12:38 PM

The body of a man reported missing early Sunday was found in the lake at Broadway at the Beach later that evening, police said.

Preliminary autopsy results showed that Darrell Wayne Graham, 41, of Myrtle Beach died from drowning, said Horry County Chief Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard said Monday.

Graham's death remains under investigation by Myrtle Beach police, Capt. David Knipes said.

According to an incident report, Graham’s wife called police to report him missing at around 3 a.m. Sunday. The woman told police that she and Graham had argued as they were leaving Celebrity Square at Broadway at the Beach and Graham said he had to use the bathroom.

The woman said Graham walked behind a Ron Jon Surf Shop to use the bathroom. She said she waited in front of the store. After some time, she told police she heard a splash but thought Graham was joking around.

The wife said she waited a bit longer, went behind the store to look for him but could not find him. She said she called out his name and called his cell phone but there was no response. She then called police.

Police and fire and rescue crews searched the lake and the rest of the Broadway at the Beach property but did not find Graham.

Police took Graham’s wife home to see if he was there, but he was not. Officers then entered Graham into the missing persons database.

Knipes said Graham’s body was located in the lake Sunday evening. No further information was given.

Tonya Root contributed to this report.

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