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Missing man's body found near Saluda River

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A deputy's cruiser blocks a road leading to where a body was found. (Aug. 9, 2011/FOX Carolina) A deputy's cruiser blocks a road leading to where a body was found. (Aug. 9, 2011/FOX Carolina)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Investigators are looking into how one man died after his body was found near the Saluda River in Anderson County on Tuesday morning, according to the Anderson County Sheriff's Office.

Chad McBride, spokesman for the Sheriff's Office, said tracking teams found the body of Zachary Thompson off a private road near Dunlap Road. He said Thompson's body was found a few hundred yards from where he was last seen.

Philip Luker was the last person to see his friend Thompson before he vanished. Luker said, "He was at my house Saturday night and told me he was going to the jockey lot."

After that, Luker says Thompson went missing, and now he fears his friend was killed. Luker said, "Whoever did this, needs to be caught." But today, investigators found his body in a wooded area off Dunlap Road in Pelzer, near the Saluda River, about a few hundred feet from where he was last seen.

Anderson County Sheriff's Deputy and Public Information Officer Chad McBride said he was found a little bit off from the water, in the woods, but not near the edge. Investigators said Thompson, 29, was last seen Saturday afternoon near the Saluda River, off Dunlap Street near Williamston. They said a friend of Thompson's, who had been at the river with him, told deputies that she left and when she returned Thompson was gone.

A cause of death was not immediately released.

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