Body of man reported missing in Ala. found near St. Helena Island

Body of man reported missing in Ala. found near St. Helena Island
Phillip Rawlings Jr. (Source: Beaufort County Sheriff's Office)

ST. HELENA ISLAND. S.C. (WTOC) - The body of a deceased man found on May 23 near Polawana Island - near St. Helena Island - has been identified as the missing man from Alabama.

Phllip Rawlings, 42, was reported missing in Montgomery, Alabama on March 31. Rawlings’ vehicle was found on Polowana Road on May 20, just a short distance from where his body was eventually discovered.

Kayakers in the area of Eddings Point Road and Polawana Island found the body, letting South Carolina’s Department of Natural Resources recover it.

The cause and manner of Rawlings's death have not yet been determined by forensic pathologists at the Medical University of South Carolina. Those determinations are pending toxicology and other medical studies.

Anyone who has information on Rawlings’s death is encouraged to contact Sgt. Jennifer Snider at 843-255-3421.

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