Investigation into man’s death in Mauldin ongoing


GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – On Monday, friends and family of Jacob Huffman are remembering the bright young man who’s future was cut too short.

Family members said the rules for missing people stopped them from getting the help they needed searching for Jacob.

An autopsy on Monday yielded no answers into how Jacob Huffman died.

While his family is hurting, they also believe that if the police got involved sooner things could have been different.

For Heidi Smith the loss of her brother Jacob cuts deep.

“There’s not a single person you’ll meet that could say a bad thing about my brother,” Smith said.

What also bothers her is that a person must be missing for 24 to 48 hours before law enforcement gets involved, unless the person has an illness, is under age, elderly or an extenuating circumstance.

“But at least say let’s look at his bank record let’s look at his phone record just that little bit could have helped us,” Smith said.

Huffman left his job at Grass Nerds early because he wasn’t feeling well. His boss encouraged him to go home.

His boss, Nick Harvey said, “When he got here I said I appreciate you trying to work. When you’re not feeling that well you don’t have to come into work.”

That was on Thursday.

Huffman’s body was found Saturday in his car at the Terrace at Butler Apartment Complex, miles away from his home.

“Right now the Mauldin Police Department is working with the Greenville County Sheriffs Department there’s a lot of information at hand that were trying to sort through,” Cpl. Adam Wilson with the Mauldin Police Department said.

While the family waits for answers, they’ll remember Jacob as a God-fearing, humble and loving man.

Heidi said, “he loved God more than anyone I know.”

A memorial service for Huffman is scheduled for Sat., April 14 at 1 p.m. at his church, Abundant Life Church on Farris Bridge Road.

There’s a memorial go-fund me page to help with expenses.

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