Coroner identifies man found dead at Dillon County motel; homicide investigation underway

Pee Dee

DILLON COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — A homicide investigation is underway Thursday after deputies found a body in Dillon County, according to Sheriff Douglas Pernell.

The body was found inside a motel room at the Relax Inn along Highway 301 in the Dillon area, Pernell said. Deputies responded at about 11:20 a.m.

The body was identified Friday as Dominic Howard, 28, of Dillon, according to Dillon County Coroner Donnie Grimsley. Grimsley said the death is being treated as suspicious.

The Dillon County Sheriff’s Office released a photo of a red Kia Optima that is wanted in connection with the investigation. The vehicle was found unoccupied early Friday morning in Mullins, according to deputies.

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SLED public information officer Tommy Crosby sent News13 the following statement:

“SLED’s crime scene professionals were requested and responded to assist local authorities.”

No other information was immediately available.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or contact Detective Derrick Cartwright at 843-632-2689 or Pee Dee Crime Stoppers at 888-CRIME-SC.

Count on News13 for updates to this developing story.

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