BENNETTSVILLE, SC (WBTW) – Bennettsville Police Chief Kevin Miller confirmed a body found Thursday afternoon was Shelby Head.
Earlier this week, Heads estranged husband Michael Head reported her missing. He said she was last seen in November. Shortly after the missing person report was made, Miller says the department started an investigation.
“The more we started to uncover the more things just didn’t add up,” said Miller. “The further we started digging we started to uncover really strange things about the case. Like we have a woman gone since November that hasn’t used a credit card, made a phone call, no talking to her family or friends.”
Evidence discovered through the search warrant led officers to a suspect, her most recent boyfriend Raymond Nolan. Miller says Head was dating Nolan.
Friday, police charged Raymond Nolan with murder and destruction of human remains.
An incident report from the department says the two met online. The report says the couple had a history of domestic violence. Nolan admitted he was arrested for domestic violence in September 2017. In October or November of 2017, Head left the house the where the couple lived because she was “unhappy.”
Miller says after two interviews with Nolan, detectives determined he killed Head and took her body to an area off Syrian Church road in Marlboro County. The Marlboro County Sheriff’s Office and SLED helped process the scene. The report says her body was in a ditch covered with trees.
Investigators say Head was killed on November 19th, just one day after she was last seen on November 18th.
Linda Farley says she last saw her daughter about a year ago. Farley spent Friday driving up and down Syrian Church Road looking for the spot where her daughter’s body was left.
“She was just dumped out like a bag of garbage on a dirt road,” said Farley. “She wasn’t a girly girl. You know dresses or frilly things. Shelby wore blue jeans, cowboy boots and she always kept her hair pinned back. She had gorgeous hair and the most beautiful blue eyes, like water eyes.”
She says she knew she was separated from her husband but didn’t know much about Nolan.
“It was a bad situation. She told me. She said ‘Mama it’s my life I’m 40 years old let me…’ I said ‘okay when you want to talk you know where I’m at’,” said Farley.
Farley says she will keep looking for her daughter’s final resting place.
“I’d like to set up a memorial,” she explained.
Nolan is currently at the Marlboro County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.