A dead woman was found in the woods off Palmetto Pointe Boulevard on Saturday and Horry County Police are treating her death as a homicide.
Capt. John Harrelson said the investigation is in the preliminary stages, but is being treated as a homicide until investigators determine differently.
Horry County police blocked off the end of Palmetto Pointe while they investigated the scene. Detectives could be seen looking in the wooded area near the road. By 4:30 p.m. police officers cleared and left the area.
The body is an unidentified woman, Harrelson said.
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A woman, who lives near where the body was found, said she and others heard what she described as several gunshots come from the area at about 9:30 p.m. on Friday. Though they initially didn't think much, believing the sounds could be fireworks or people who occasionally hunt in the area.
The neighbor said she went for a run during the morning and there was nothing noticeable in the area.
"I didn't see anything," she said.
On Saturday, the woman said she was watching the police investigate the scene and was a bit concerned about safety since the incident happened so close to her home.