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Officials identify body found on St. Helena Island

(Source: Beaufort County Sheriff's Office) (Source: Beaufort County Sheriff's Office)

A body that was found off of Simmons Rd in St. Helena Island on Saturday night has been identified as 19-year-old Chaz Blanding. An unidentified person called in the discovery to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office saying the body was in a wooded area off the dirt road. 

An autopsy performed on Saturday determined that Blanding's death was caused by multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Beaufort County Coroner's Office. Officials have declared the death to be a homicide. 

Blanding's family reported him as missing and endangered after he was last seen in the company of his uncle, Robert Blanding, on Tuesday, November 21. Robert Blanding's body was found a day after Chaz was reported missing on F & B Road on Lady's Island. An autopsy found that the elder Blanding died from multiple gunshot wounds. 

Two men have since been arrested and charged in connection to Robert Blanding's murder. 16-year-old Rasheem Bennett was arrested for Murder and Possession of a Weapon in the Commission of a Violent Crime and Channon Preston Jr. for Accessory After the Fact of Murder. 

Officials are still looking for 18-year-old Nashon Pringle of St. Helena Island. Pringle is wanted on two different warrants: Murder and Possession of a Weapon in the Commission of a Violent Crime. Pringle is considered to be armed and dangerous; anyone coming into contact with him should call 911 immediately 

Sheriff’s Office deputies and investigators responded to the scene. The body was so decomposed that officials say they could not determine the person's identity nor the cause of death.
Anyone with information on the identity of the deceased person or circumstances surrounding their death is urged to contact Sergeant Brandon Disbrow at 843-255-3407 or CrimeStoppers 1-888-CrimeSC if wishing to remain anonymous and for possible reward. 

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