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‘It was just shocking’: Teen describes moment he found body in ditch in Socastee

Body discovered off Peachtree Road in Socastee

The South Carolina Highway Patrol and Horry County police are conducting a death investigation after a body was found off Peachtree Road August 18.
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The South Carolina Highway Patrol and Horry County police are conducting a death investigation after a body was found off Peachtree Road August 18.

Authorities are conducting a death investigation after a teen boy found a body in a ditch in the Socastee area Saturday morning.

Anthony Lemay, 13, said he was riding his bicycle about 7:30 a.m. when he discovered a black Nike shoe on the side of the road.

“I was just riding around and went to the top of the road and saw a shoe,” Lemay told The Sun News. “I tried looking for another shoe.”

That’s when Lemay looked in a ditch and found a person he said appeared to be a middle-aged man.

“He was bloated up, all red,” Lemay added. “I’ve never seen nothing like that before. It was just shocking, surprising.”

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An investigator takes pictures in a ditch along the Peachtree Road, where a body was found Saturday morning. The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating. Christian Boschult

Capt. John Harrelson with the Horry County Police Department said the body was found off Peachtree Road.

Harrelson said the South Carolina Highway Patrol is leading the investigation and added the exact circumstances surrounding the person’s death are still being determined.

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The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating after a body was found off Peachtree Road in Socastee Saturday morning. Christian Boschult

But he did say a preliminary investigation indicates it appears to be traffic related.

A Sun News reporter on scene said Peachtree Road was blocked with crime scene tape between Julious Lane and Cornwall Drive.

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The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating after a body was found off Peachtree Road in Socastee Saturday morning. Christian Boschult

No other information is available at this time.

Michaela Broyles: 843-626-0281, @MichaelaBroyles

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