Officials are asking for the public's help to determine the identity of a man who was fatally shot and whose body was found on Sunday morning in the Green Sea section of Horry County.
The victim is a white male about 5 feet, 8 inches tall, weighing 160 pound and likely between the ages of 25 and 30, said Horry County Deputy Coroner Darris Fowler.
The victim has tattoos on both arms between his shoulders and elbows, both legs between his knees and feet, on both hands near his thumbs and on his upper back.
Fowler said the tattoos on the victim's hands could make it easier for someone to identify him.
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The body was found at 8:30 a.m. by a farmer driving on Norton Road, said Lt. Raul Denis with Horry County police. The body was found just off the side of the road, Fowler said.
"There is nothing out there but farms," Denis said.
An autopsy performed Sunday at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center showed the victim was shot at least one time 'to a vital area causing the trauma," Fowler said.
Fowler would not say how many times the victim was shot or where he was wounded. He also would not comment on if there were signs of a struggle.
Denis said he talked with officials in Columbus County (N.C.) in a case a crime was committed in that county and the body was dumped just across the state line. But Denis said at this time there is no reason the death occurred in North Carolina.
Anyone with information is asked to call Horry County Police at 843-248-1520.
The death is the first homicide of the year in Horry County.