Lake Forest Drive

Lake Forest Drive

SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) - The Spartanburg County coroner said a man whose body was found in a pond of Lake Forest Drive on Wednesday has been identified as a man who had been missing since early January.

Coroner Rusty Clevenger said the deceased was 25-year-old Tevin Thompson. Thompson and his orange Ford Focus were pulled from the water Wednesday afternoon.

Tevin Thompson

Tevin Thompson (Spartanburg Police Department)

Troopers said, according to their investigation, Thompson's car was traveling east on Lake Forest Road when his car crossed the center of the roadway. Troopers say the car then drove off the left side of the road, striking a mailbox, a tree, and then traveled into the pond.

Troopers say it is unclear when the collision took place.

Dive crews from the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office and DNR were involved in the retrieval efforts.

Thompson was reported missing to Spartanburg police on January 8.

Clevenger said there were no initial signs of foul play but an autopsy would be performed, along with toxicology testing.

Earlier, Sheriff Chuck Wright told our crew at the scene that deputies believed the man found in the water was a person they had been searching for.

Family members told police in January that Thompson had last been seen at a cousin's home with mud on his shoes. He reportedly told family members that he had been drinking and crashed his car into a tree earlier in the night before he disappeared and went missing for a month.

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