CONWAY, SC (WBTW) – The deputy coroner of Horry County is one of two people who have been charged with murder in connection with a missing person’s case.

He and the mother of a missing man’s children were both scheduled to appear in court today at 2 p.m. However, both have waived their right to appear in court.

Horry County Deputy Coroner Christopher Allen Dontell, 37, of Conway, and 35-year-old Meagan Marie Jackson, also of Conway, were arrested Monday and charged with murder.

In a newly released arrest warrant, officers say Dontell and others did conspire to kill Gregory Vincent Rice and Rice died as a result of their actions. Evidence includes forensic, physical and digital evidence as well as corroborating witness statements, according to the warrant. Officers did not detail the evidence in the warrant.

Police on Thursday said Rice’s body was found along the Little Pee Dee River near Pitts Landing off of Highway 378 at the Horry County/Marion County line. His body was discovered on Sunday.

Jackson is the mother of the victim’s children, according to Horry County police and family members.

Rice had been reported missing on Oct. 5 and was last believed to have been heard from on Oct. 2. At the time, Rice was considered missing, not endangered.

Horry County police engaged in a number of recovery efforts in October, according to the department. These included coordinating physical searches with area law enforcement and the CUE Center for Missing Persons, tracking the victim’s cell phone location, and conducting interviews with those who knew the victim.  

The investigation remains active and ongoing. Anyone with tips relevant to the case is encouraged to call the Horry County Police Department tip line at 843-915-8477.

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