The Greenville Coroner says investigators believe that a Piedmont, South Carolina resident Brent Andrew Elrod slipped and fell while trying to climb Wild Cat Falls last Thursday. The remains of the 20-year-old were found near a county waterfall.
“He enjoyed the outdoors, was a student services coordinator, and special to us all. We would appreciate your prayers for the Elrods and the NGU family during this difficult time,” said County Coroner Parks Evans.
“The North Greenville University family is grieving the tragic loss of one of our students, Brent Elrod, during a hiking accident Thursday. Brent loved the Lord and we celebrate that he is in a much better place,” said North Greenville University President Jimmy Epting.
“He enjoyed the outdoors, was a student services coordinator, and special to us all. We would appreciate your prayers for the Elrods and the NGU family during this difficult time.”
Evans said he believes that Elrod died at about 1:30 Thursday afternoon.
His death was ruled accidental, Evans said.
Elrod was found by his girlfriend in the water at the bottom of the waterfall after she was unable to contact him, Evans said.
Fire departments and emergency units responded to the scene near Persimmon Ridge Road and Geer Highway, authorities said.