Body found off Peirce Road identified | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | August 31, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: November 6, 2018 at 8:54 am
The body found on the evening of Aug. 25 in the Cottageville area has been identified as a missing Summerville man, Orin Patrick, 33, for whom the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office had been searching since Aug. 21.
The sheriff’s office arrested two on Aug. 26 charges of obstruction of justice in connection with the investigation into Patrick’s disappearance.
The charges were filed, according to Colleton County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Lt. Shane Roberts, after the continuing investigation into the disappearance began to show alleged inconsistencies in their statements to deputies. The charges against the two have since been dismissed.
Colleton County Coroner Richard Harvey reports that the body was positively identified as Patrick by members of the Medical University of South Carolina forensic lab on Tuesday.
Harvey said the cause of death is still listed as undetermined. Based on the condition of the body, Harvey said, only a limited autopsy could be conducted.
Harvey said that members of the sheriff’s office had been searching for Patrick since the evening of Aug. 21, when Patrick was reported missing.
One reportedly told the deputy responding to the missing person call on Sunday that Patrick had arrived at her home Friday evening Aug. 19 to go hunting.
She said she drove him to Pierce Road and dropped him off. Patrick, armed with a shotgun and reportedly carrying a flashlight, went into the woods.
According to her story, on Aug. 19 at about 9 p.m. Patrick allegedly called her, saying he was lost in the woods.
She told the investigators Patrick suggested she drive down Pierce Road, honking her car horn. She told deputies that Patrick explained that he would hopefully hear the honking horn and make it back to the roadway. She said she waited but he did not come out of the woods.
She also told the investigators she had allegedly received another call from Patrick’s cell phone but it cut off after a few seconds. She said she then tried calling him but his phone kept going to voice mail.
After receiving the report, sheriff’s office personnel attempted to determine Patrick’s location Sunday evening by pinging his cell phone.
The phone’s GPS told them the phone was in the Summerville area.
The sheriff’s office contacted Patrick’s co-worker and roommate in Summerville. He reportedly told the officer he had last seen Patrick on Friday. He allegedly explained that Patrick had stayed away from the residence before, but usually called him if he was going to be gone long. He had not called that weekend, he said.
Sheriff’s office personnel searched the area throughout the week and talked to neighbors attempting to find out if they had heard or seen anything out of the ordinary.
A deputy working the area found the decomposed body in the heavily wooded area off the 4600 block of Pierce Road on the evening of Aug. 25.
Roberts said that the sheriff’s office investigators are continuing to investigate Patrick’s cause of death.