For Immediate Release
Chuck James, Chief Deputy
Pickens County Sheriff’s Office
Body Found in 3100 Block of Pumpkintown Hwy. Pickens, South Carolina
At approximately 9:15 PM on July 7th, 2022, while investigating a report of an unusual odor, deputies with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office located the body of what appears to be an adult male in the 3100 block of Pumpkintown Hwy, roughly 8/10 of a mile from the home of Francis Alward, who went missing on June 29th, 2022.
At 8:38 PM on July 7th, 2022, attendees of a wedding party at the location notified the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office of an unusual odor in the area. Deputies responded to the residence and searched a large wooded site behind the home, where they discovered the body of an adult male. The body was found along a creek bed in the woods, several hundred yards behind the occupied short-term rental home.
The Pickens County Coroner’s Office also responded to the scene and is working with investigators to identify the body. When an identification is made, that information will be provided by the Pickens County Coroner’s Office.
No additional information is available at this time