BEAUFORT COUNTY, S.C. (WSAV) — Beaufort County Sheriff’s Officials say the body found near a wooded area off of Simmons Road on St. Helena Island yesterday has been identified as 19 year old Chaz Blanding of Beaufort.
Blanding was reported missing and endangered by his familty, after last being seen on Tuesday, November 21st. The forensic autopsy performed today at the Medical University of South Carolina revealed that Chaz Blanding died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Beaufort County Coroner’s Office. Chaz Blanding’s manner of death has been demmed a homicide.
When he was last seen, Chaz Blanding was in the company of his uncle, Robert Blanding. Robert Blanding was found deceased off of F & B Road on Lady’s Island on Wednesday, November 22nd.
It was determined through forensic autopsy that Robert Blanding was murdered and died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds. Two subjects have been arrested and charged in connection with Robert Blanding’s murder: 16 year old Rasheem Bennett for Murder and Possession of a Weapon in the Commission of a Violent Crime and Channon Preston Jr. for Accessory After the Fact of Murder.
Still at large is 18 year old Nashon Pringle of St. Helena Island. Pringle is wanted on two arrest warrants for Robert Blanding’s murder: Murder and Possession of a Weapon in the Commission of a Violent Crime. Pringle is to be considered armed and dangerous; anyone coming into contact with him should immediately call Sheriff’s Office Emergency Dispatch 9-1-1.
The investigation into the murders of Robert and Chaz Blanding continues. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Sergeant Brandon Disbrow at 843-255-3407 or CrimeStoppers 1-888-CrimeSC if wishing to remain anonymous and for possible reward.
Beaufort County – (WSAV)
A body was found off of Simmons Road on St. Helena Island today. Identity and cause of death are not yet known.
At approximately 5:45 PM today, Sheriff’s Office Emergency Dispatch received a call regarding the discovery of a deceased person near a wooded area off of Simmons Road on St. Helena Island.
Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies and investigators were dispatched and responded. The deceased person’s identity and cause of death were not apparent to personnel at the scene, as the body was found to be in an active stage of decomposition.
Investigators processed the scene for forensic evidence and the Beaufort County Coroner’s Office removed the body a short time ago. The Coroner’s Office is scheduling a forensic autopsy to be performed at the Medical University of South Carolina to establish the deceased person’s identity and cause and manner of death.
Anyone with information on the identity of the deceased person or circumstances surrounding their death is urged to contact Sergeant Brandon Disbrow at 843-255-3407 or CrimeStoppers 1-888-CrimeSC if wishing to remain anonymous and for possible reward.