ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – UPDATE:
Deputy Coroner Don McCown identified the man’s body as that of Mericus J. Scott, 18, of Royston, Ga.
McCown said Scott appeared to have been dead for a short amount of time and was found with gunshot wounds to his body.
According to McCown, Scott’s death has been ruled a homicide and an autopsy has been scheduled for Wednesday morning.
Anderson County Sheriff’s Office officials said an investigation is underway after a man’s body was found in a retention pond on Monday.
According to Sgt. JT Foster, deputies were notified at approximately 10:30 a.m. about a possible body floating in the Appleton Mill retention pond, located on Appleton Street near M Street.
When deputies arrived on-scene, they found a person dead in the water.
Deputy Coroner Don McCown said that his office also responded to the scene at around 9:00 a.m.
McCown confirmed the body was found in the pond and said they are investigating the death as a homicide.
Sgt. Foster said that forensic investigators, detectives, and technical rescue personnel were called to the scene.
We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.