Lancaster County Sheriff's Office investigating homicide, suspect in custody

Lancaster County officials are investigating a homicide after human remains were found, and a possible suspect is in custody. 

Around 5:30 a.m. on March 1, a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office deputy was dispatched to speak with a woman who said she had been told by another person that a homicide had occurred at a home in the 1800 block of High Point Circle in Lancaster on an unknown date several weeks ago.

Another deputy was called to assist, and additional information was gathered that indicated the victim’s body was also disposed of near the home on High Point Circle.

A search warrant was obtained for the property and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) agents, a cadaver K-9 and a forensic anthropologist were sent to assist in the investigation.

Around mid-afternoon the remains were found and the Lancaster County Coroner and Deputy Coroner were dispatched to the crime scene. They confirmed that the remains were human. 

The remains have not yet been identified, but an autopsy is scheduled for Friday, March 2. 

Authorities say the homicide investigation is in its early stages, but there is a suspect who was already in custody on unrelated charges that is being considered in the crime. 

“The information reported to us has been corroborated so far during our search of this property,” said Sheriff Barry Faile. “A suspect is in custody on unrelated charges, and we do not believe the public is in danger. I appreciate the hard work all personnel have done today and will continue to do into the evening. We will release more information as we can.”

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office at 803-283-3388 or contact Midlands Crimestoppers at 888-274-6372.

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