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BCSO: Murder suspect linked to Beaufort County

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BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) -

The investigation continues into a James Island man who visited Bluffton after the murder of a Charleston man. 

Beaufort County Sheriff P.J. Tanner held a news conference Wednesday afternoon about the case.   

William Alexander Apps, 25, was fatally shot while trying to sell his truck on Craigslist in Charleston. Apps was found Monday night in Mt. Pleasant, SC. Apps was going to school in Charleston, but he was a graduate of Beaufort Academy.

Apps was trying to sell his 2006 pickup truck on Craig's List. The two men who responded to the add, 19 year-old Jquan Scott and 20 year old Isaac Williams are now charged in relation to Apps' death, according to the Charleston County Sheriff's Office.

Officials say these two men got Apps in the passenger's seat of the truck and at some point during the drive, Apps was shot in the back of the head and his body dumped in Mt. Pleasant.

Scott is charged with murder, armed robbery, kidnapping and possession of a firearm. Williams is charged with kidnapping.

On Oct. 4, the sheriff's office contacted Apps' mother after getting information from a third party about her son's disappearance. His mother reported Apps missing and possibly endangered after discovering his debit card had been used in Bluffton and not being able to reach him.

She advised she'd last had contact with her son in Charleston on the afternoon of October 3rd where he met with two subjects interested in purchasing a vehicle he had advertised on Craigslist. He was last seen leaving in the truck with the two men, and not been seen since. She advised she was not initially concerned as her son had been actively communicating for a few weeks prior with these individuals about the sale of the vehicle. However, upon discovering the debit card activity and being unable to reach him, she believed he may have been in danger. 

Early in the investigation, contact was made with 19-year old Jquan Scott, of James Island, SC who identified himself as having purchased the truck from Apps. Scott was one of the last people have contact with Apps before he disappeared, phone records show, according to the BCSO. 

Scott met with investigators on Sunday afternoon and told them he bought the truck from Apps on Oct. 3, but that Apps did not have the title to give him at the time of the transaction. Scott said that Apps gave his debit card to him to hold as collateral until they could complete the deal, according to the BCSO. After the purchase, Scott said he had dropped Apps off on Mathis Ferry Rd in Mount Pleasant. Scott has since surrendered the debit card to investigators. 

Investigators believed Apps' last known location was in Charleston County after Scott's interview, so they contacted the CCSO. They still had been unable to contact Apps at that point. 

The joint investigation confirmed Scott had used Apps' debit card in several counties between Charleston and Beaufort counties. BCSO investigators were interested in three transactions made in Bluffton; two at fast food restaurants, and a purchase made at a shoe store at the Tanger Outlets. 

Investigators focused on these three transactions and determined that Scott had come to Bluffton on the morning of Oct. 4. While in Bluffton, Scott visited with several friends who attend the USCB campus in Bluffton. The friends confirmed being with Scott when he made the purchases, according to the BCSO. After spending the weekend in Bluffton, Scott returned to the Charleston area. 

After more interviews with Scott, he led investigators from Beaufort and Charleston County to the location of Apps' body in Mt. Pleasant.  Charges were sought for Financial Transaction Card Fraud against Scott. At this time, two warrants have been obtained, and additional charges may be pending as the investigation continues. 

MAKE THE CALL, STAY ANONYMOUS, EARN a REWARD: To report crime, citizens can call CrimeStoppers at 888.CRIME.SC (274-6372) or text the word TIPSC with a message to CRIMES (274637).

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