Florence Co. Coroner determines missing man's cause of death

Joel Poston was reported missing in December 2013.
Joel Poston was reported missing in December 2013.

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The Florence County Coroner's Office has determined the cause of death for a missing man whose remains were found on Ronald Road on Thursday, January 30.

Ronald Road is just off Highway 378 in the Lake City area of Florence County. The human remains that were found in a ditch around 4:30 p.m. Thursday were sent to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, confirms sheriff's office spokesman Capt. Mike Nunn.

Florence County Coroner Keith Von Lutcken identified the remains as 57-year-old Joel Daniel Poston.

In March 2014, the coroner said, "Upon receipt and review of toxicological analysis, autopsy and other tests results on Mr. Poston, the manner of death is best deemed accident. The results of the toxicological analysis indicate Mr. Poston had several components in his system that contributed to his death, thus resulting in the cause. Through our investigation, there is no evidence that foul play is involved."

Poston was reported missing on December 18, 2013. Poston's body was found by a neighbor's son.

"He came flying in the house, all upset and he said he had found a body. So I came outside and I looked in the ditch and it was a body - in the ditch," said Brian Moore.

It was Brian Moore's eight-year-old son, who found the body of 57-year-old Joel Poston.

"It was hard to believe to start with, but the way he came in and had tears running all down his face, I knew he had seen something," said Moore.

Moore said when he went to check out what his son had found, he was shocked. "Real shocking to be right here in front of your house and not even know it, it's scarier than anything."

"How did he get there? We don't know, it's just strange," said Bueline Poston.

Bueline Poston is not only the sister-in-law of Joel Poston, but also his neighbor. Poston says ever since Joel Poston went missing, the family has checked every nook and cranny, looking for anything that would lead to his whereabouts.

Poston and other family members are puzzled about how their loved one's body ended up indirect eye sight of their home, and in a place they had searched multiple times.

"We can't understand why, you know. He was in the ditch down there. We walked the roads I mean looked in the ditches," said Poston.

Bueline Poston says even if search crews happened to not see the body, snow plows should have during the winter storms.

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