CHEROKEE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – A body was found on a shoulder of a rural road Friday morning in Cherokee County.
The Cherokee County Coroner’s Office said the body was discovered at about 11:45 a.m. in front of the 5700 block of Cannons Campground Road.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
The coroner’s office identified the victim as 20-year-old Emily Lauren King, of Canton, Georgia.
King had been staying in Gaffney with a friend and would frequently walk in the area according to the coroner.
The sheriff says they believe the incident was a traffic fatality, involving a hit and run.
Neighbors say this wouldn’t surprise them.
“It is a busy road, I wouldn’t be walking on it because with the highway and the construction a lot of trucks, a lot of cars come down all the time,” said Sharon Hayward, a neighbor.
While some residents say it’s a peaceful area,
“It’s a quiet community, nobody’s ever outside,” said Hayward.
Others recall seeing suspicious activity the day of the incident.
“My daughter and I were leaving, I was going to work, and I was going to drop her off at school Friday morning,” said Reggie, a neighbor. “There was a gentleman walking up the road. He had a flashlight in his hand, and I told her it was good he had the flashlight because it was still dark, and it was hard to see him walking. As we drove down the road here about half a mile, we saw a vehicle on the side of the road…a ford truck, and it had a bag on the side and I’m assuming it was broken down.”
Just hours later the coroner was called to the area.
“My husband just came back from the store and he called me,” said Hayward. “It was like 12 o’ clock…quarter after 12, and he said oh my goodness he goes don’t come home this way when you come back from babysitting, he goes because they closed off the road there’s cops and sheriffs and everything and I’m like oh my gosh.”
The coroner says although King had no ID on her he was able to make positive identification through an object she was holding and her tattoos.
According to the coroner, an autopsy has been scheduled to determine King’s cause of death.