GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – South Carolina Highway Patrol is seeking more information after a person’s body was found off an embankment where in Greenville County.
The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office tells us a passerby flagged down a deputy near where White Horse Road meets Old White Horse Road around 5:30pm Monday when they found the body.
“The sheriff’s office started their investigation, notified our office, and deputy coroners arrived on scene and did confirm there was a deceased individual there,” said Shelton England, Greenville County senior deputy coroner.
The Greenville County Coroner’s Office said an autopsy was conducted Tuesday.
England said the person is believed to be a white male around 40 years old.
The coroner’s office said the man is believed to have been dead for at least three to four weeks.
“There was definitely an odor and the condition of the deceased themselves tells us they had been there for a while,” England said.
England said determining cause and manner of death has become harder.
“It changes findings for the deceased when you start getting into the decomposition you are going to have organs that decompose, you are going to have tissue that changes,” England said. “In this case, for instance, that is why we are also using a forensic anthropologist.”
The person’s identity has not been released.
The coroner’s office said results from the forensic anthropologist could come back as early as tomorrow or could even take weeks.