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South Carolina woman offers reward in son’s 1997 death

July 28, 2018

GREENWOOD, S.C. (AP) — A mother in South Carolina in renewing her $500 reward for anyone who might have information that her son didn’t jump off a bridge on his own or fall over accidentally.

Bertha Thomas said she can’t find closure in her son’s 1997 death in Lake Greenwood.

Thomas told The Index-Journal of Greenwood her 19-year-old son couldn’t swim and was so scared of water he would take showers instead of baths.

A coroner held an inquest after James Hawkins died. A man testified he was driving Hawkins around on July 15, 1997, when the teen asked him to stop on the bridge.

The driver says Hawkins gave him his pager and $50, shook his hand, then jumped.

Thomas says she was told her son was at a restaurant at that time.

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Information from: The Index-Journal, http://www.indexjournal.com

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