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South Carolina police say missing man was murdered

On Behalf of | Nov 23, 2020 | Violent Crimes |

Police in South Carolina have arrested two Conway residents in connection with the death of a man who was reported missing on Oct. 5. A 37-year-old man and 35-year-old woman were taken into custody at their residences on Nov. 11. They have both been charged with homicide and have waived their right to bond hearings. A Horry County Police Department representative said that investigators believe the two suspects worked together to plan and carry out the murder.

Missing person report sparks a search

The report of the victim’s disappearance prompted a search lasting several days. The search was called off after bloodhounds deployed in several areas were unable to find a scent. The victim’s remains were discovered by the Little Pee Dee River near Pitts Landing on Nov. 8. A police spokesperson said that officers used cellphone data to locate the body. The remains were positively identified during an autopsy conducted at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Police gather evidence

The victim and the two suspects all lived in a gated community near Highway 90. Police confirmed that the woman and victim had children together. Neighbors are said to have told police that the victim led what appeared to be a normal life with his wife and two children, but they referred to the woman as unfriendly. The man worked until recently as a deputy coroner in Horry County. Investigators claim to have gathered digital, physical and forensic evidence linking the two suspects to the murder, but they have not provided any information about a possible motive.

Murder cases with multiple suspects

When two or more people are charged in connection with violent crimes like homicide, prosecutors may make an attractive plea offer to one of them in return for a confession and a promise to give evidence against their accomplices. This is why experienced criminal defense attorneys in these situations may advise suspects who are thinking about cooperating with authorities to act sooner rather than later.