The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office responded to Table Rock State Park on Sunday, June 28, 2015, to assist other emergency response agencies following the report of a fallen hiker at approximately 3:45pm.
The male hiker (16yoa) was accompanied by a female (16yoa) as they proceeded up the mountain on one of the trails leading to Mill Creek Falls.
The witness stated that the victim was attempting to refill water bottles when he lost his footing and fell off of a waterfall located almost three miles from the trailhead in the park. The victim is believed to have fallen in excess of fifty feet.
Emergency crews located the victim and transported him back down the mountain by foot where he was pronounced deceased.
The Sheriff’s Office has interviewed the witness and the investigation is still ongoing pending the final results of the autopsy. Preliminary investigation has not produced any signs of foul play and the incident appears to be an accident absent the discovery of any new information.
Please direct inquiries concerning the identity of the victim to the Pickens County Coroner’s Office.