The S.C. Highway Patrol says calls from concerned citizens on July 6 may provide new clues into what happened to a man found dead along I-77 on Wednesday.
The body of Craig Antoine Anderson, 40, of Columbia, was discovered Wednesday on I-77 North near mile marker 19, the Farrow Road exit.
Now, investigators are piecing together more clues to Anderson's death, which come from driver calls in to the SC Highway Patrol on July 6.
Troopers say they received a call from a concerned citizen at approximately 8:21 p.m. on July 6 about a person in dark clothing who appeared to be intoxicated walking along Farrow Road near I-77. Troopers say they responded but were unable to locate the person.
About an hour later, at 9:17 p.m., troopers say they received a phone call from another person who reported having hit some road debris or possibly a deer on I-77 NB near Farrow Road. Highway Patrol responded and completed an incident report with the driver of a 2006 Mercedes-Benz. Troopers say they searched the immediate area, but were unable to locate any debris or a deer.
On July 19, 2017, at approximately 10:45 a.m., Anderson's body was discovered by construction workers in a ditch along I-77 northbound near Farrow Road. A 2008 Dodge Charger registered to Anderson was located on I-77, abandoned, about a half mile south of where his body was located. Anderson was wearing dark clothing similar to the description of the intoxicated pedestrian reported to dispatch on Farrow Road on July 6th.
Richland County Coroner Gary Watts reported Anderson, who died from blunt force trauma, is believed to have been struck by a vehicle sometime between July 6 and 7.
The Highway Patrol has located and is currently processing the 2006 Mercedes-Benz driven by the July 6 caller to determine if it is the vehicle that struck Mr. Anderson.
The SC Highway Patrol continues to investigate the incident.
Anyone having information regarding this incident is asked to contact Police are asking anyone with information to contact Crimestoppers in any of the following ways:
- Call 888-CRIME-SC.
- TEXT “TIPSC” to CRIMES (274637), followed by the tip information.
- LOG ON to www.midlandscrimestoppers.com, and click on the red “Submit a Tip” tab.