Bloody man leads po­lice to a dead body

The Sun News - - Local - BY HAN­NAH STRONG hstrong@the­sun­ Han­nah Strong: 843-444-1765, @Han­nahLStrong

A man cov­ered in blood went to a nearby church for help Sun­day then led po­lice to a dead body in Mur­rells In­let, a Ge­orge­town County Sher­iff’s Of­fice re­port said.

No ar­rests have been made in the case. Po­lice said the al­leged at­tack hap­pened Sun­day morn­ing when the vic­tims were in tents in a wooded area near Har­vest Church on Old Kings High­way.

A wit­ness told po­lice she was sit­ting near the en­trance of the church about 10:45 a.m. when she heard a noise at the door, a po­lice re­port said. The woman no­ticed the vic­tim and be­gan to help, po­lice said.

When po­lice ar­rived about 11 a.m., the 60year-old vic­tim was sit­ting in the door­way of the church, a re­port said. Po­lice said the vic­tim was pis­tol-whipped while be­ing robbed, caus­ing his eyes to swell shut, and he was cov­ered in blood.

Au­thor­i­ties had to call an­i­mal con­trol to the wooded area be­cause a dog was “pro­tect­ing” the body and would not let po­lice near the tent, a re­port said.

Ralph Seitz III was pro­nounced dead in a tent that morn­ing. He had ob­vi­ous in­juries to his face and head area, po­lice said.

Ge­orge­town County Coro­ner Kenny John­son said Seitz died from blunt­force trauma to the ab­domen.

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