Additional charges filed against former Horry County deputy coroner, woman in missing man’s death

Additional charges filed against former Horry County deputy coroner, woman in missing man’s death

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – The two suspects charged in connection with the death of a Horry County man who was reported missing last month are now each facing an additional charge.

According to arrest warrants from the Horry County Police Department, 37-year-old Chris Dontell and 35-year-old Meagan Marie Jackson are each charged with criminal conspiracy.

Both Dontell, who had served as a deputy coroner for Horry County, and Jackson had previously been charged with murder in the death of Gregory Vincent Rice.

The warrants for criminal conspiracy state both Dontell and Jackson “did conspire to kill the victim, and the victim did die as a result of their actions.”

Authorities said Rice was reported missing on Oct. 5, 2020. At that time, he was believed to have been heard from last on Oct. 2, 2020. In the following days, multiple bloodhound searches were conducted and search warrants served in an effort to locate Rice.

In the early morning hours of Nov. 8, a body was discovered that was determined to be that of Rice, authorities said.

Both Dontell and Jackson were identified as suspects in the disappearance and murder of Rice. They are scheduled for a bond hearing Nov. 19 at 1:30 p.m.

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