JACKSON, S.C. (TCD) -- A man’s body was found bound in a cellar Sunday after a neighbor called police asking them to conduct a welfare check on a home.
According to WRDW-TV, on Nov. 14 at approximately 5 p.m., Jackson Police Department officers responded to a well-being check at a residence on the 100 block of Third Street. WRDW reports the neighbor who called police said they had not seen anyone at the home in several weeks.
Officers reportedly noticed a foul smell coming from the home and later discovered a man’s body in the basement. His hands and feet were reportedly bound, and the house looked like it had been ransacked, according to WRDW, which cites an incident report. Officers also found burned papers on the stovetop and in the sink, as well as a bloody shirt on the floor in the den.
Jackson Police Chief Kevin Liles told WRDW he believes there is a possibility that the body had been decomposing for three to four weeks. Liles said he "knew the resident" of the home where the body was found because of "well-being checks in the past."
According to WRDW, the Aiken County Coroner’s Office is conducting the autopsy. They are still trying to identify the victim and the cause of death.