An investigation into Saluda Mayor Frank E. Addy, Jr's 2012 mileage reimbursements will be closed after he committed suicide over the weekend.
A spokesperson for the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division says the agency is currently in the process of closing the case against Addy.
Agency officials couldn't say whether there were any other suspected
parties involved in the investigation.
The 58-year-old had been the subject of the SLED inquiry after a town resident asked for the agency to look into Addy's mileage reimbursements.
The Greenwood Index-Journal reported in February Addy claimed
nearly $27,000 in travel reimbursements in 2012. That was more than
triple what he spent on travel the year before.
Addy told the
newspaper that the trips were to drum up economic development for the
town. He said his travel had more than paid for itself with millions of
dollars of new business.
Saluda reimbursed Addy 55 cents a mile for his travel, which meant he reported driving more than 48,000 miles last year.
Addy claimed $8,800 for travel in 2011 and $2,300 in 2010.
Newberry County Coroner Craig Newton said Addy's body was discovered around 10:30 a.m. Sunday inside a family residence on Lake Greenwood in the Lakeshore subdivision near Chappells.
A sheriff's department incident report indicates Addy's son received a text message early Sunday morning that caused him to be concerned. Addy's son and brother went to the home to check on the mayor's well-being and discovered the body.
According to the coroner, Addy died from a single gunshot wound to the head. He was found in the living room sitting in a chair, Newton said.
Addy had been mayor of the town of approximately 3,500 since 2006.
According to the Index-Journal, he had been a delivery driver for the publication for years.
With Addy's death, the town is without an elected mayor. Councilwoman Anissa Turner is the mayor pro-tem and will serve as acting mayor while the town sorts out what to do.
The death investigation is being conducted by the Newberry County Sheriff's Department and the Newberry County Coroner's Office.
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