Man Arrested, Identity of Spartanburg Co. Body Released - WSPA.com

Man Arrested, Identity of Spartanburg Co. Body Released

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Jermel Wade Shippy, 23, of Pacolet has been charged with murder and armed robbery. Jermel Wade Shippy, 23, of Pacolet has been charged with murder and armed robbery.
Antwan Bailey was reported missing in November. Antwan Bailey was reported missing in November.
Bailey's remains were found Sunday night behind a campground near Highway 56. Bailey's remains were found Sunday night behind a campground near Highway 56.
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Updated: April 11, 2013

Deputies in Spartanburg County have made an arrest in connection to the case of a man whose body was found in a wooded area earlier this week.

Sheriff Chuck Wright held a news conference Thursday afternoon to discuss the details.  He says Jermel Wade Shippy, 23, of Pacolet has been charged with murder and armed robbery.

Wright says Shippy robbed and killed 18-year-old Antwan Bailey.  Bailey was reported missing in November.

Investigators say they are unsure how Shippy killed Bailey, but they say he took just over $1,000 during the incident.

Bailey's decomposed remains were found behind a campground on Winding Way off Highway 56 Sunday night.

Posted: April 9, 2013

The Spartanburg County Coroner suspects foul play was involved in the death of a man whose body was found this week near a Spartanburg County campground.

According to coroner Rusty Clevenger, a father and his two daughters stumbled upon the body Sunday night behind a campground off Stewart Road near Highway 56 in the county.

The body was partially decomposed but still pretty well preserved considering the coroner thinks the man may have been missing for several months, Clevenger said.

The coroner said it is too early to tell what killed the man, but he will bring in experts to examine the body to help determine a cause of death.

Samples from the body have been sent to the state forensics lab where analysts will try to extract DNA to compare to existing samples from the man investigators think is the victim.

Clevenger wouldn't release any possible identities until gathering more evidence, but he did say the body is likely tied to a missing persons case out of the City of Spartanburg.

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