South Carolina

Deputies: Man told victim they were going fishing, then he drowned her

Deputies arrested a man on Monday after they say he drowned a woman in Broad River on Saturday.

Michael Jason Pate, 33, has been charged with murder, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.

Sheriff Leon Lott said in a news release that Pate’s girlfriend called the sheriff’s department at about 8 p.m. Saturday about a drowning.

The Columbia Fire Department recovered the body of Lindsay McKay, 37, at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday, according to Richland County Coroner Gary Watts. Watts said McKay died from drowning.

Pate told McKay they were going to the river to go fishing, Lott said. Investigators believe the two got into an argument, which turned into a physical fight, and ended with McKay’s death.

Pate has been taken to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

Glen Luke Flanagan: 803-771-8305, @glenlflanagan