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Authorities identified a body that was found in the Ashley River late Friday morning as that of a missing North Charleston woman.

Alaafia Singleton, 20, was recovered from the river near the Northbridge, which is formally known as the World War II Memorial Bridge, according to the Charleston County Coroner's Office. An autopsy is pending. 

Members of the Charleston County Recovery Team were doing a dive training exercise shortly before noon near the bridge when they found the body floating in the water, said Spencer Pryor, a North Charleston police spokesman. 

On Jan. 18, Singleton's mother called police to report her daughter missing, according to an incident report.

She told authorities that her daughter went missing around 5 p.m. from 1924 Calvert St. in North Charleston, according to the report. She was last seen on Calvert heading toward Spruill Avenue. At one point, Singleton turned around and said, "I'll be back."

"The (mother) stated that the victim has been depressed over the last few weeks but is not on any medications and does not have any disabilities," the report said. 

A police investigation is ongoing. Singleton's cause and manner of death were not available Friday night.  

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Gregory Yee covers breaking news and public safety. He's a native Angeleno and previously covered crime and courts for the Press-Telegram in Long Beach, CA. He studied journalism and Spanish literature at the University of California, Irvine.

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