Foul play suspected in Bishopville death

The (Sumter) ItemJuly 23, 2013 

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Foul play is suspected after a Bishopville man was found dead Monday afternoon inside his home on South Lee Street, according to Bishopville Police Chief Calvin Collins.

George Hardoman, 82, was pronounced dead at the scene by Lee County Coroner Larry Logan.

Bishopville Police Department officers found the body about noon Monday after a family member called asking the police to check on the man, whom they had not heard from since Saturday night.

“It looks like a homicide,” Collins said. There was no evidence of gunshot wounds, but Collins would not provide additional details. Hardoman was last seen on Saturday night, he said. Hardoman had lived in the house at 405 S. Lee St. for about 20 years, officials said.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is taking the lead in the investigation, Collins said. Lee County Sheriff Daniel Simon and the Lee County Sheriff's Department are assisting with the investigation.

Logan said an autopsy will be performed today at the Newberry Pathology Associates. “We don’t know the cause of death. We don’t have any of his medical history or anything. And we don’t have any information from family or anyone who was there. But it doesn’t look like a natural death.”

Logan would not provide additional details.

“We hope to know more after the autopsy is performed on Tuesday,” Logan said. “The investigation is just beginning.”

Logan said SLED has the resources to provide valuable assistance to local investigators.

“They are going through everything at the scene,” Logan said. “They are making sure they don’t miss anything. They are really thorough.”

Anyone with information should call the Bishopville Police Department at (803) 484-5309 or CrimeStoppers at 1 (888)-CRIME-SC.

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