Investigators believe missing Beaufort Co. teen could be in danger

PORT ROYAL, SC (WTOC) - Officers found 25-year-old Robert Blanding's body in Lady's Island just a week ago. Now, the investigation is officially being called a homicide.

Officials say the night before the discovery, Robert was seen leaving his nephew's home in Beaufort. Now, the 19-year-old nephew, Chaz Blanding, is considered a missing person. No one has seen him since Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. when he left his home in Port Royal. The sheriff's office believes he could be in danger.

"When you talk about missing, endangered persons, we're concerned for Chaz's safety. That means that the circumstances are highly suspicious that he's missing, so we're concerned and his family is concerned for his safety," said Bob Bromage, Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators say he was wearing a gray hoodie with black writing on the front, blue jeans, and light blue Nike's. He is 5'7 tall and weighs around 160 pounds.

If you know where Chaz could be or think you might have seen him, the sheriff's office is asking that you call dispatch at 843.524.2777.

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