OCONEE CO., SC (WSPA) – The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office said two people face charges after a man’s body was found along Highway 107 Monday afternoon.
According to a sheriff’s office news release, deputies were called to the area of Wigington Road at Highway 107 and the Whitewater Falls overlook at around 12:35 p.m. following a report of a body that had been found near the road by Emergency Services personnel, who were helping with traffic control related to a disable truck.
The coroner’s office said the body appeared to have been concealed and dumped down an embankment next to the road, and was in a state of decomposition.
There was no identification found on the body, and the coroner said observations from the scene indicated that the man died at another location.
On Tuesday evening, Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis identified the body as that of James Wayne Wilson, 71, of Seneca.
Addis said James Wilson was positively identified by fingerprints and said an autopsy revealed that he died from blunt force traumatic injuries.
The coroner’s office estimates that James Wilson had been dead for approximately 5 to 10 days, and his death was ruled a homicide.
Following an investigation, Criminal Investigations Division investigators and the coroner’s office said they believe foul play was involved in James Wilson’s death.
On Tuesday, the sheriff’s office said two people — Samantha Denise Larson, 40, and Steven Cecil Wilson, 59 — were booked into the Oconee County Detention Center Monday night on temporary custody orders.
According to the arrest warrant, Larson is an acquaintance of James Wilson and Steven Wilson, and Steven Wilson is James Wilson’s brother.
According to the release, a search warrant was executed at home on Durham Brown Road in Seneca, where James Wilson, Steven Wilson and Larson all lived.
Larson is accused of beating James Wilson with a blunt object at the address on Durham Brown Road.
James Wilson’s body was then moved from that location to the location on Wigington Pass, where he was discovered.
Larson is charged with murder for allegedly beating James Wilson in his head, face, neck and ribs with a blunt object.
Steven Wilson is charged with accessory after the fact for allegedly providing aid and assistance to Larson
During the search of the home, investigators also found a quantity of methamphetamine.
Both Larson and Steven Wilson were additional charged with possession of less than a gram of methamphetamine.
The case is still under investigation at this time.