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Body found in freezer at 'haunted' South Carolina house

Deputies say a group out riding four-wheelers in Orangeburg County decided to stop and check out an abandoned house they heard was haunted.

ORANGEBURG COUNTY, S.C. — A group out four-wheeling over the weekend discovered a body in a freezer at an abandoned South Carolina home on Sunday afternoon. 

Deputies say a group of eight people, ranging in age from 18 to 68, was out riding four-wheelers in Orangeburg County when they decided to stop and check out an abandoned home that they had heard was "haunted." 

That's when one of them opened a freezer on the back porch of the Norway home.

An 18-year-old male told Orangeburg County deputies he opened the freezer, smelled the "smell of rotten meat," and saw what he thought was a body wearing blue jeans and socks. 

A responding deputy opened the freezer and observed a badly decomposed body wearing jeans. 

Deputies say the house was declared a crime scene and was turned over to investigators and the county coroner for further investigation. The property owner was notified and appeared to be cooperating with investigators. 

According to the Orangeburg County Coroner's Office, they can confirm that remains were found in the freezer but at still working to determine the sex and identity, as well as the manner of death. According to the office, the process will take some time.

If you have any information that may help investigators, you are asked to contact Crimestoppers anonymously in any of the following ways:

Midlands Crimestoppers serves 16 counties across the Midlands of SC: Aiken, Barnwell, Calhoun, Chester, Clarendon, Edgefield, Fairfield, Greenwood, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, and Saluda. Midlands Crimestoppers will continue to receive tips from the public; however, staffing has been drastically reduced in response to the most recent CDC Guidelines associated with the Coronavirus Pandemic.

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