Mallory Beach was a 19-year-old woman from Hampton County, South Carolina, who tragically lost her life in a boating accident on February 24, 2019.
The accident occurred in the waters near Parris Island, South Carolina, when the boat she was on crashed into a bridge piling.
The boat was being operated by Paul Murdaugh, who was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.
Mallory was a popular and well-liked student at the University of South Carolina, where she was studying to become a nurse.
She was known for her kind and caring nature, and was deeply involved in her community.
She was a member of the National Honor Society, the Beta Club, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and was also a volunteer at the local hospital.
Following her tragic death, Mallory’s family and friends have worked tirelessly to honor her memory and raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and boating.
They have established the Mallory Beach Foundation, which aims to promote boating safety and provide support to families who have lost loved ones in boating accidents.
The circumstances surrounding Mallory’s death have also brought attention to the issue of underage drinking and the legal consequences for those who provide alcohol to minors.
In the case of Mallory’s death, it was discovered that the alcohol consumed by Paul Murdaugh and the other passengers on the boat had been purchased by a local convenience store, which was subsequently fined for selling alcohol to minors.
Mallory Beach cause of death
The cause of Mallory’s death was determined to be blunt force trauma to the head and chest, as well as drowning.
She was one of six passengers on a 17-foot Sea Hunt boat that crashed into a bridge piling on Archers Creek, near Parris Island.
Mallory was ejected from the boat upon impact and her body was found several days later in a marshy area nearby.
The investigation into the accident revealed that the boat was traveling at a high rate of speed and that none of the passengers were wearing life jackets.
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources charged Murdaugh with three counts of boating under the influence causing great bodily injury or death, and one count of operating a boat under the influence causing great bodily injury or death.
However, Murdaugh was killed in a separate incident in June 2021, before he could stand trial for the charges related to Mallory’s death.
Paul Murdaugh death
Murdaugh was found dead on June 7, 2021, along with his mother, Margaret “Maggie” Murdaugh.
The Murdaugh family is well-known in the area, with a long history of practicing law and serving as prosecutors.
Murdaugh’s death was initially reported as a double homicide, but later investigations revealed that he had died from multiple gunshot wounds.
His mother’s cause of death was also determined to be gunshot wounds.
The investigation into the Murdaugh family’s deaths has been ongoing, with law enforcement officials looking into various possible motives and suspects.
In September 2021, Murdaugh’s father, Alex Murdaugh, was arrested and charged with insurance fraud and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud in connection with a separate incident.
However, as of September 2023, no one has been charged in connection with the deaths of Paul and Maggie
The Murdaugh family’s deaths have received widespread media attention, in part due to their prominence in the community and the mysterious circumstances surrounding the case.
The investigation is ongoing, and law enforcement officials have stated that they are committed to finding those responsible for the deaths of Paul and Maggie Murdaugh.