Horry County police investigating homicide in Murrells Inlet

A Murrells Inlet man was found dead Tuesday in a home on a private road near Murrells Inlet, according to Horry County police spokesman Sgt. Robert Kegler.

Christopher Nance, 44, died Tuesday, said Tamara Willard, Horry County deputy coroner. Willard said the autopsy will be conducted no later than Wednesday morning.

Officers were called about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday morning to Van Buren Drive off U.S. 17 business which is about a block south of the original Suck, Bang, Blow bar and a block north of the Georgetown County line, Kegler said.

Nance was found dead, apparently from multiple stab wounds, in one of the homes on the street, Kegler said. Police have not released a motive and no suspects have been named, Kegler said.

The unpaved road leading to the home where Nance was found sits between Coastal Antiques and Coolie’s Marince Services, LLC.

Mary Smalls said she is a friend of Nance’s.

“He was a nice person, a very nice person,” she said. “He always called me Rosa, said ‘That’s my Rosa.’”

His death is the sixth homicide in the last 18 days in Horry and Georgetown counties. Overall, it is the 14th homicide in 2012 in Horry County.

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