Man found dead in Port Royal pond identified


From staff reports

The body of a man was recovered from a pond in Port Royal Saturday afternoon, and police

there said the death appears to have been accidental.

Officers from the Port Royal Police Department (PRPD) responded to the report of a person

floating in a retention pond near Madrid Avenue just after noon, Saturday, Oct. 15. With

assistance from the Beaufort/Port Royal Fire Department, the body of an adult Black man was


The man was identified by the Beaufort County Coroner’s Office as Willy Wal Thour, a 66-year-

old resident of Port Royal. An autopsy of Willie Wal Thour was scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 18.

Residents in the area reported seeing the man in the area of the pond around 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Police said the death does not appear to be the result of a crime or due to an animal attack.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing. Anyone with any information about the incident is

asked to call Det. Hogue of the PRPD at 843-986-2220.

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