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Copper missing from site where man was electrocuted

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BERKELEY COUNTY, SC -

Employees at Berkeley County Electric Cooperative found a man dead near a transformer when investigating power outage complaints from people in Huger and Cainhoy Sunday.

"The employees entered the substation, they found a young man lying in a pit near a transformer and it was very obvious that he had been electrocuted," Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury said.

Salisbury said 29-year-old Zachary Jones was in the substation unauthorized, officials found the fence cut open to gain access to the area and copper was missing from the substation.

"A lot of copper was missing from the ground wires... and this young man cut one of the neutral wires that had electricity in it and he was killed instantly," Salisbury said it looked like an intentional copper theft but Jones' death is ruled as an accident.

Meanwhile, officials are looking for the missing copper and who might have it.

"There was no vehicle when we got there and all of the copper that had been cut was missing so they have an ongoing investigation now trying to determine whether he had someone else there with him," Salisbury said.   
   
    

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