Body of man found in burning car off Highway 21

ST. HELENA ISLAND, SC (WTOC) - A body was discovered inside a burning car Thursday night on St. Helena Island.

Beaufort County sheriff's deputies responded at about 11:30 p.m. Thursday on a report of a vehicle fire in a wooded area off of Folly Road. Firefighters found a white Buick Regal engulfed in flames about a half mile from the intersection of Highway 21.

The burned body of a male with a possible gunshot wound was discovered in the driver's seat, according to the sheriff's office.

Investigators are awaiting autopsy results to confirm the victim's identity and cause of death.

Investigators suspect a there's a likely connection between this incident and Wednesday night's murder on Fripp Point Road, with both victims being well known by law enforcement, according to the sheriff's office.

Those with information should contact either Investigator Sgt. J. Gobel at 843.255.3421 or the Beaufort County Dispatch Center at 843.524.2777.

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