Christopher Heck (Source: Clarendon County Detention Center)
MANNING, SC (WIS) - When South Carolina Highway Patrol troopers pulled over 28-year-old Christopher Heck the night before Thanksgiving in Florence, they had a feeling something wasn't right with the man they'd just charged with DUI.
So, troopers decided to search his car. That search turned up several stolen items and an identification card belonging to a 47-year-old woman named Charlotte Altman.
Clarendon County investigators went to the Beaver Dr. address Friday to talk to Altman about the items found during the traffic stop and that's when they found signs of a break-in.
When they went inside, they found Altman's body on the kitchen floor and signs that she had been stabbed in the neck.
"It was a family member's residence," said Clarendon County Sheriff's Captain Kipp Coker. "She was coming down on the weekends to clean up the residence, and it was my understanding she may have been trying to move down here."
Deputies say Heck is from Huntington, West Virginia, but was currently staying with his grandmother in the home next to Altman, who is from Camden.
"As far as the relationship between the suspect and the victim, we think they just knew that they lived beside each other," said Captain Coker. "There was no relationship. He just knew that she was coming in and out on the weekends."
Deputies believe Heck broke into Altman's home when she wasn't there sometime last week.
"Our belief is that Mr. Heck was inside the residence when Ms. Altman got home and kind of surprised her and things happened from there," said Coker.
Officials say Altman was stabbed to death, and add that they found her dog behind a closed door in another room in the house. They are currently working to determine a timeline for the murder.
"This was pretty horrific," said Coker. "Why he did it? I don't know, but this was pretty horrific."
Deputies say prior to the traffic stop that led to Heck's arrest, they were investigating Heck's possible connection to two other recent burglaries in Clarendon County. Officials say while they continue to investigate the murder, Heck could face additional charges in separate cases.
"We're crossing our T's and dotting our I's and making sure we're following up on things we are getting through the investigation," said Coker.
Heck is being held without bond at the Clarendon County Detention Center. No hearings for Heck scheduled at this time.
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:08 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:08:42 GMT
LITTLE RIVER, SC (WMBF) - A woman was found dead in the Little River area Wednesday afternoon after reports that she may have been shot, according to Horry County Police. HCPD spokesman Sgt. Robert KeglerMore >>
A woman was found dead in the Little River area Wednesday afternoon after reports that she may have been shot, according to Horry County Police.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 5:59 PM EDT2013-06-19 21:59:56 GMT
Aynor (WMBF) - Its been more than a decade since the building in the Cool Springs Business Park in Aynor has had a tenant but that will soon change. According to the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic DevelopmentMore >>
Its been more than a decade since the Cool Springs Business Park in Aynor has had a tenant, but that will soon change. More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 5:32 PM EDT2013-06-19 21:32:54 GMT
FLORENCE, SOUTH CAROLINA (WMBF) - A change to the South Carolina state fire code will go in effect next month, aimed at saving more lives. On July 1, newly constructed houses and hotels that have gas-poweredMore >>
A change to the South Carolina state fire code will go in effect next month, aimed at saving more lives.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 5:31 PM EDT2013-06-19 21:31:42 GMT
LAURINBURG, NC (WMBF) - A young child has died after being struck by a car in Laurinburg. Laurinburg Police spokesman Lt. Cliff Sessoms says the crash occurred at the intersection of Plant Road and ReaMore >>
A young child has died after being struck by a car in Laurinburg.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 5:25 PM EDT2013-06-19 21:25:59 GMT
HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A fatal collision occurred on Forestbrook Rd. in Horry County on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m., according to South Carolina Highway Patrol Senior Trooper Bridget Wyant. Senior TrooperMore >>
A team of investigators is working to piece together the details in the crash that sent a woman to the hospital and brought felony DUI charges against a Myrtle Beach man. More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 4:00 PM EDT2013-06-19 20:00:11 GMT
AYNOR, SC (WMBF) - Horry County Police are assisting Aynor Police officers in a vehicle pursuit in the area of Pee Dee Highway Wednesday afternoon. Horry County Police spokesman Sgt. Robert Kegler confirmsMore >>
Horry County Police assisted Aynor Police officers in a vehicle pursuit in the area of Pee Dee Highway Wednesday afternoon. More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 3:47 PM EDT2013-06-19 19:47:40 GMT
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A few isolated showers are keeping us a little damp Wednesday morning, says WMBF News Meteorologist Marla Branson. We'll have scattered showers off and on throughout the dayMore >>
A few isolated showers are keeping us a little damp Wednesday morning, says WMBF News Meteorologist Marla Branson.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 3:22 PM EDT2013-06-19 19:22:54 GMT
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A man wanted for allegedly killing his wife in Indiana has been captured in Horry County. A detective with Horry County Police found out 49-year-old Lorenzo Edward Archer ofMore >>
A man wanted for allegedly killing his wife in Indiana has been captured in Horry County.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 2:48 PM EDT2013-06-19 18:48:28 GMT
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - We're seeing plenty of new development coming to the new shopping center next to Coastal Grand Mall in Myrtle Beach. Golfsmith recently opened up and today, for the first timeMore >>
We're seeing plenty of new development coming to the shopping center next to Coastal Grand Mall in Myrtle Beach. More >>