Crime & Courts

Coroner identifies man whose body was found dumped on a Midlands road

A homicide investigation is underway after a man’s body was found dumped on the side of a Midlands road, the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office said.

The man was identified as Cletis Edward Baker Jr., according to a Thursday news release from Kersaw County Coroner David West.

Traffic was stopped from driving in the area of Damascus Church Road Wednesday evening after the 44-year-old Kershaw man’s body was discovered, the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post.

That was done so deputies, along with South Carolina Law Enforcement Division agents, could scour the crime scene for evidence, according to the post.

The road was clear by 11 p.m., and the sheriff’s office said Baker did not die where his body was discovered. The sheriff’s office is calling the death a homicide.

“We believe this scene was were the body was dumped,” the sheriff’s office said in the post.

Deputies said the man’s body was wrapped in a blanket when it was discovered, WACH reported.

A woman who was on her way home from work made the grisly discovery, West said.

The sheriff’s office is asking for the community’s help. If anyone has seen Baker in the past week, or anyone that had been with him, they are asked to call 803-425-1512.

This is a developing story, check back for updates.

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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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