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HARTSVILLE, S.C. (WBTW) - The Hartsville Police Department continues their search for a killer.

Chandler Spencer, who is known to the music community as Omar Chandler, is a bit of a local music legend in Hartsville; his neighbors said he had a hit single back in the day.

Keshaun Johnson lives a few doors down from Spencer at the Palmetto apartment complex on West Washington St. in Hartsville.  He said he heard one of Spencer's songs on the radio on Friday, and just a few days later, he learned that his neighbor's body was found in his apartment.

"It behooves me; its awful actually, right here.  Every day, walking to my truck, walking passed [his apartment], and he's in the house dead; you wouldn't think nothing like that," said Johnson.

Spencer's family members said that he was last seen on Thursday evening, and after not hearing from him for several days, they went to his apartment; where they found his body lying on the floor.

The apartment complex where Spencer lived is right across the street from Hartsville high school, so many of the residents said that it is a relatively safe neighborhood, and they're pretty shocked that something like this could happen right where they live.

"I never imagined that something this tragic could happen here, in a small community," said Mike Davis.  "It's big pain for all of us, it hurts all of our hearts.  And now we're concerned for our safety and worried about the future here."

Spencer's next door neighbor, Davis said he's known him for 7 years, and that he was a good guy who kept to himself.

"He was always singing some songs, and he always seemed like he was in a bright and cherry mood," said Davis.

Hartsville police said that several of Spencer's items are now missing, including his mini-van, which they said finding is a key part of their investigation.

"We've been out, trying to find it, we have some guys in the counties trying to find the vehicle, and hopefully we can, that's a big missing piece of the puzzle.  Right now we're just trying to play catch up," said Hartsville Police Chief James Hudson

Spencer's missing vehicle is a white 1998 Chrysler Town and Country mini-van with South Carolina license plate HUU-352.  Anyone who sees Spencer's minivan is asked to call the Hartsville Police Department at 843-383-3011, or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC

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