Body found near Detention Center

PICKENS — The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after the remains of a man were discovered Thursday morning in a wooded area less than a mile from the county law enforcement center.

Chief Deputy Creed Hashe said the man, whose identity had not been released at press time Thursday, was found near a campsite off J and D Drive in Pickens. Hashe said evidence at the scene indicated the man had been dead for several days, but there were no obvious signs of foul play.

An autopsy has been requested by Pickens County Coroner Kandy Kelley to confirm the manner and cause of death.

The chief deputy said detectives from the sheriff’s office were searching the area with assistance from a South Carolina Law Enforcement Division helicopter when the body was found.

Hashe said a Pickens County man reported missing in mid-November was believed to have been living on the property in a makeshift campsite. Hashe also added detectives are waiting on autopsy results to confirm the man’s identity.