LAKE CITY, S.C. (WBTW) — A man with a history of being suspected of other crimes is wanted in connection to a February homicide in Florence County, according to officials.
Jaheim Tariq Hanna, 20, of Lake City, was found dead Feb. 16 behind an unoccupied property at 223 Graham Road in Florence County. He had been shot once in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene, officials announced late Wednesday morning.
Authorities are now searching for Kaleb Toby McFadden, who reportedly knew Hanna.
“As of right now we do not have a location as far as a residence,” Lake City Police Chief Joseph Cooper said. “McFadden] has multiple locations, or at least multiple addresses in our system, so we’re just going to try to pretty much ask for the help of the community if they see him.”
Cooper said a weapon was not recovered at the scene.
Hanna was reported missing by his family a few days before his body was found.
When interviewed by police, McFadden “was found to be deceptive and presented a story that could not be corroborated,” according to officials on Wednesday.
Cooper hopes capturing McFadden will bring closure for the Hanna family.
“Crimes of this magnitude are unfortunately going to happen, but I think at the end of the day, just some remorse and some closure to the family will help out,” Cooper said. “It won’t make a difference in a sense of bringing Mr. Hanna back, but it will give closure to the family.”
Additional charges and arrests may be made, according to officials. Anyone with information can call the Lake City Police Department at 843-374-5411 or Crime Stoppers of the Pee Dee at 888-CRIME-SC.
In 2020, McFadden was one of four people accused of robbing a man at gunpoint while playing pool in Lake City. The suspects reportedly took the victim’s Jordan sneakers and a handbag that contained a wallet, car keys and $3,700 in cash.