South Carolina

Burned body found in Chester County; road blocked as investigation underway

Chester County and South Carolina law enforcement are investigating after a burned body was found in a ditch near Interstate 77 Friday, officials said.

The body was found along Lizzie Melton Road west of I-77, said Chester County Sheriff Max Dorsey. The intersection of Lizzie Melton Road and Old Richburg Road has been blocked off to traffic as the State Law Enforcement Division, police, coroner and other emergency officials work the crime scene, Dorsey said.

SLED sent special agents to assist deputies, Dorsey said.

Police found the body around 12:30 p.m., Dorsey said.

No information about the gender or age of the body have been released.

The roads in the area remained closed through the afternoon as deputies and SLED agents worked the wooded, rural spot.

At around 4 p.m. Dorsey, said that the area around the body where it was found was also burned, but did not go into details about the investigation.

Deputies were expected to remain on scene through late Friday, officials said.

SLED officials on scene could not be reached for comment.

Police in Chester are still investigating a case of a body found along I-77 in July.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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Andrew Dys covers breaking news and public safety for The Herald, where he has been a reporter and columnist since 2000. He has won 51 South Carolina Press Association awards for his coverage of crime, race, justice, and people. He is author of the book “Slice of Dys” and his work is in the U.S. Library of Congress.