Body of missing man from Pineville is found

James Spann

Authorities on Monday found the body of a 77-year-old Pineville man who had dementia and wandered from his home two weeks ago, the Berkeley County Coroner said.

James Spann died of natural causes, though heat was a contributing factor, Coroner Bill Salisbury said in a release. He was reported missing July 12.

Eadytown firefighters found Spann's body at about 4 p.m. in dense woods about a quarter of a mile from his home

"The brush was so thick it was impossible to spot him from the air," Salisbury said. "Search crews had to cut their way through the brush to reach the body."

The Berkeley County Rescue Squad and Sheriff's Office, S.C. Department of Natural Resources , Columbia's Starr Search Team, the State Law Enforcement Division and some volunteers also had been involved in the search.