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Oconee Co. Sheriff Asking For Help To Solve 26-Year-Old Cold Case

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A 26-year-old murder case remains unsolved in Oconee County.  The sheriff is asking for the publics' help. A 26-year-old murder case remains unsolved in Oconee County. The sheriff is asking for the publics' help.
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Updated: June 17, 2013

"He was just a good old man , gentle in nature," says Carol Strickland.

Strickland's dad used to take his lawn mowers to Marcus Lee when they needed to be fixed. Strickland at the time only knew him as Mr. Lee. Lee was well-known in the Westminister community for his work on small engines.

Lee was killed on December 8, 1986. He was found beaten to death in his home.

"Our investigations believe burglary was a motive," says JImmy Watt, Public Information Officer for Oconee County Sheriff's Office.

They've determined the motive but the murder remains unsolved. It's currently the oldest unsolved case in Oconee County. That's something the Sheriff's office is hoping to change. They've set up a website to profile cold cases. They're also working to put together a cold case unit of investigators to look at these cases.

Posted: June 4, 2013

Had Marcus Lee not been found beaten to death on December 88th, 1986, he would be 82 years old on Monday.  

The unsolved homicide of Marcus "Mark" Lee is the oldest unsolved or cold case in Oconee County right now, 26 and one-half years old.  

Sheriff's investigators say Lee was severely beaten during a robbery at his home and suffered a traumatic head injury.  It does appear that robbery was the motive and deputies say they have reason to believe that Lee knew his assailant or assailants.  The Sheriff's Office had suspects that they were interested in at one time, but many of the leads have dried up.  The Sheriff's Office is looking for the public's help.

"Mark Lee was well known in the community," according to Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw.  "He owned and operated a lawn mower/motorcycle repair shop beside his home. Some of these cold cases are like putting a puzzle together.  You can see what the puzzle is supposed to be but you need to find the missing one or two pieces in order to make it complete. I believe there is someone out there that has the missing pieces our investigators need to complete this case. For whatever reason, they have never came forward. It is our hope that they will contact us with this information."  

 If you have information regarding the case of Marcus "Mark" Lee, the Oconee County Sheriff's Office is asking you to call Crimestoppers at 638-STOP or 1-888-CRIME-SC or text in your tip to 274637. 

You don't have to give your name and if your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.00

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