Authorities continue to investigate violent crimes — including three homicides and armed robberies — that have happened in the last week.
Officials have provided little information since a 57-year-old man was murdered Wednesday night at a Food Lion in Longs before a string of armed robberies that continued into North Carolina. Three days later a father and son were found shot to death in the Conway area.
Horry County police Chief Joe Hill acknowledged the “series of violent crimes” in a Facebook post on Saturday. Hill said the department and other agencies have joined efforts to arrest those who are responsible for “terrorizing our community.”
Capt. John Harrelson with Horry County police said the department continues to evaluate if the crimes are connected. However, there is no known connection between the Longs and Conway homicides in the preliminary investigation.
“We are going to keep looking at the incidents that have happened in the meantime,” he said. “If we spot connections, we’ll absolutely explore that.”
The motive is unclear so far in the Conway-area homicide investigation where a father and son were found shot outside of a home on Highway 19 on Saturday, Harrelson said. Police say they went to the house just before 1 p.m. to find the owner of a vehicle found on Cookes Circle in the Nichols community.
Additional officers have been placed in the Longs area after the homicide, attempted carjacking and armed robberies, Harrelson said.
People in the community need to be aware of their surroundings, and if something doesn’t seem right, notify law enforcement.
“You never know what could be helpful,” Harrelson said.
In addition to the violent crimes, a body was found in a ditch in Socastee on Saturday. South Carolina Highway Patrol is leading an investigation after a woman was found by a 13-year-old boy Saturday morning off Peachtree Road.
Cpl. Sonny Collins said the incident is being investigated as a car verses pedestrian.
Anyone with information on recent crimes is asked to call 843-915-TIPS.
Hannah Strong: 843-444-1765, @HannahLStrong