Crime & Public Safety

Police: Body of 58-year-old man found on Lady’s Island shoreline

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Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct the spelling of the victim’s name, correct where he was from and include the cause of death.

The body of a 58-year-old man from Minnesota was discovered along a Lady’s Island shoreline early Saturday morning, according to the Beaufort Police Department.

Officers were called out to the shoreline along Factory Creek near Lady’s Island Dockside restaurant around 12:45 a.m. after the S.C. Department of Natural Resources discovered the body of Wade Lunde, according to Capt. Darrell Gruel of the police department and Deputy Beaufort County Coroner David Ott.

Lunde lived on a sailboat that was anchored in Factory Creek nearby. Ott said he had been anchored in the area for around a year.

Lunde’s girlfriend told police that she became concerned when he was not responding to her messages on his phone while she was at work and when he did not pick her up from work, Gruel said.

She eventually got a ride out to the boat where they both lived and discovered he was not on board.

On Monday, Ott said the cause of Lunde’s death was an accidental drowning.

Caitlin Turner is the retail and business reporter for The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette. She has worked in the news industry for five years in both Ohio and South Carolina and loves the Lowcountry life.