COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A missing South Carolina man whose body was found in a wooded area in Columbus County earlier this year died from a gunshot wound to the head and his death has been classified as a homicide, according to a recently released autopsy from the N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
The body of 38-year-old Jeremiah Tywan Grissett was discovered on Jan. 26 in a wooden area in the 1800 block of Ten Mile Road outside Tabor City. A group of bird hunters told deputies they found the body after smelling a foul odor.
An investigative report from the medical examiner’s office stated that Grissett’s body was found about 20 feet from the edge of the woods with his shirt pulled up around his neck, both arms raised above his head and his jeans partially pulled down exposing his shorts and underwear. White tennis shoes were also found at the edge of the road away from the body.
Grissett was reported missing on Dec. 27, 2018 by the Horry County Police Department. At the time of his disappearance, Grissett reportedly borrowed a vehicle that was later found abandoned at an undisclosed location.
The medical examiner’s office could not determine when Grissett was fatally shot, according to the investigative report.
We’ve reached out to the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office for an update on the status of the investigation.