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A North Carolina teenager has been identified in a drowning incident that took place at a Myrtle Beach hotel, according to Horry County Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard.

Ma Duong, 15, of Archdale, North Carolina, died from asphyxiation due to drowning, Willard said. His body was found in the pool of the Sea Mist Oceanfront Resort Hotel on the 1200-block of South Ocean Boulevard.

Myrtle Beach police spokesperson Tom Vest said that a missing person report was filed the night of July 10 and the victim's body, later identified as Duong's, was discovered the next day in the pool.

According to Willard, Duong went to go swimming at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 10. After 9:30 p.m. that same night, his family went to look for him after he had not returned. When they couldn't find him, they called the police, Willard said.

Police searched the entire area but could not locate Duong, according to Willard. Around 11 a.m. the next morning, Duong's body was discovered in the pool at the hotel, Willard said. Vest said that Duong was already deceased when he was found.

The missing persons report and the drowning report were not immediately available from Myrtle Beach police.

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