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Woman who was reported missing with 3-year-old grandson found dead, SC coroner says

Burnette King, left, died after being reported missing with her grandson, according to the Greenville County Coroner’s Office.
Burnette King, left, died after being reported missing with her grandson, according to the Greenville County Coroner’s Office. Greenville County Sheriff's Office

A South Carolina woman who was reported missing Wednesday, along with her 3-year-old grandson, has died, according to the Greenville County Coroner’s Office.

Although Bernette King was unresponsive when she was found on a “wooded area,” her grandson is “fine” after he was located near her body, Coroner B. Parks Evans, Jr., said in a news release.

The 60-year-old Simpsonville woman’s time of death was listed as 1 p.m., according to the news release.

That is not long after King and her grandson were last seen.

It was about 11 a.m. when the woman and toddler left on a “Tar Heel” blue golf cart with the intent of visiting a nearby creek, the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

A search was launched, and it included K-9 units and air support, according to the sheriff’s news release.

Greenville County officials said the boy was found at about 9:30 p.m., but King was dead when she was discovered, WHNS reported.

Sheriff’s deputies found the golf cart “wrecked down an embankment on a wooded trail,” and King’s body was close by in the woods, the coroner said in the news release.

After being examined by EMS, the 3-year-old was released to his family, WSPA reported.

No cause of death has been given for King, and an autopsy is scheduled for Thursday, according to the coroner’s news release.

Both the sheriff’s office and coroner’s office continue to investigate King’s death.

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Noah Feit is a Real Time reporter with The State and McClatchy Carolinas Regional Team. The award-winning journalist has worked for multiple newspapers since starting his career in 1999.
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