Bloody man shows up at Murrells Inlet church, then leads police to a dead body, cops say

A man covered in blood went to a nearby church for help Sunday then led police to a dead body in Murrells Inlet, a Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office report said.

No arrests have been made in the case. Police said the alleged attack happened Sunday morning when the victims were in tents in a wooded area near Harvest Church on Old Kings Highway.

A witness told police she was sitting near the entrance of the church about 10:45 a.m. when she heard a noise at the door, a police report said. The woman noticed the victim and began to help, police said.

When police arrived about 11 a.m., the 60-year-old victim was sitting in the doorway of the church, a report said. Police said the victim was pistol-whipped while being robbed, causing his eyes to swell shut, and he was covered in blood.

Authorities had to call animal control to the wooded area because a dog was “protecting” the body and would not let police near the tent, a report said.

Ralph Seitz III was pronounced dead in a tent that morning. He had obvious injuries to his face and head area, police said.

Georgetown County Coroner Kenny Johnson said Seitz died from blunt-force trauma to the abdomen.

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