A Bethune man who was reported missing in late December has been found dead, and officials are investigating it as a murder.
Kershaw County deputies received an anonymous tip and was able to locate the body of Adam Ray Davis Wednesday in another county, according to a news release from the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office.
A cadaver dog helped deputies locate Davis’ body in a shallow grave in a wooded area of Lee County, the release stated.
SLED’s forensic team processed the scene Friday and identified the body as Davis’.
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An autopsy was performed on Davis Friday morning.
Sheriff Jim Matthews said based on preliminary information from the autopsy, the case is now a murder investigation.
Davis, 35, was last seen Dec. 29 at a friend’s home in Bethune. Officials did not know if he was picked up or walked from that location. His vehicle was left at a business in Bethune.
Davis’ case was initially declared a missing person case but over time it turned into a recovery operation, according to the release.