GREENVILLE Co., S.C. (WSPA) — Deputies say a teen has been charged with murder in the killing of a Mauldin High School student reported missing.

The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office said Joshua Meeks was reported missing on Wednesday morning. Later that day, deputies found Meeks’ vehicle with blood on it.

Deputies say investigators determined Meeks was shot and his car stolen following a drug deal.

Joshua Meeks

Joshua Meeks

The suspect is identified as Sosa Mandiez Croft, 18, of Greenville. 

Croft is charged with murder, armed robbery, grand larceny and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
Deputies say Meeks’ body was found near Deer Wood Circle and N. Deerwood Drive in Laurens County on Thursday morning.

A spokesperson with Greenville County Schools confirmed Meeks was an 11th grader at Mauldin High School. 

Meeks was an honor student and football player.

Grief counselors are at the school. 

Croft is in the Greenville County jail awaiting a bond hearing.

The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office said the investigation is ongoing and ask anyone with additional information to call Crime Stoppers of Greenville at 23-CRIME.

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