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Body found in wooded area in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach police set up a 3D laser scanner in the woods at the dead end of 27th Avenue North where the body of a young man was found lying face down. The man was dead when an officer discovered him at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. Officers were in the woods to scan and record the scene on Jan. 19, 2017.
Myrtle Beach police set up a 3D laser scanner in the woods at the dead end of 27th Avenue North where the body of a young man was found lying face down. The man was dead when an officer discovered him at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. Officers were in the woods to scan and record the scene on Jan. 19, 2017. eweaver@thesunnews.com

Myrtle Beach police were scanning the woods at the dead end of 27th Avenue North Thursday afternoon, a day after a 28-year-old man’s lifeless body was found lying face down behind a fenced-in substation.

The police set up a 3D laser scanner to scan and record the area for the investigation into his death.

An officer was doing a routine check of the wooded area behind the Myrtle Beach 1771 Elk’s Lodge at 11 a.m. Wednesday when he noticed a man lying along the woodline. The man was not moving and a closer inspection revealed he was deceased, according to a police report.

Neighbors said they had not noticed anything suspicious, but police had requested surveillance footage from the Elk’s Lodge.

An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday afternoon and the man’s cause of death will be released following the autopsy, said Horry County Deputy Coroner Darris Fowler.

The man’s name will be released after his family is notified, Fowler said.

Myrtle Beach police are investigating the incident, but as of Thursday afternoon Lt. Joey Crosby with Myrtle Beach police said the incident is still a death investigation. Police are awaiting the results of the autopsy to learn more about the man and to determine if foul play was involved in his death.

Emily Weaver: 843-444-1722, @TSNEmily

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