LANCASTER COUNTY, S.C. — The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide after discovering a body in a creek Monday afternoon.
Officials received a call around 6 p.m. about a body being seen in the water just off the bridge over Beaver Creek on Dick Hill Road. The area has been described as very remote, but the bridge seems to be a gathering spot for people. The bridge spans Beaver Creek, and the south end of the bridge is the Lancaster-Kershaw County line.
Deputies responded and found the body as the caller described. Due to initial uncertainty about which county the body was in, and Kershaw County authorities also responded. After further research, authorities determined the body was located in Lancaster County, and the sheriff’s office assumed command of the scene and the investigation.
After the scene was processed, a Lancaster County Fire Rescue team entered the water and recovered the body, which was mostly submerged in six to seven feet of murky water. The Lancaster Coroner’s Office said Friday that the body has been identified as 46-year-old Casier Izzard of Heath Springs, South Carolina.
It is unknown at this time when, where, or how the man died, but the death is being investigated as a homicide, according to the sheriff’s office.
“Although the area near the bridge is remote and sparsely populated, there is a lot of traffic on the road by hunters on tracts all along the road and by people apparently partying on the bridge,” said Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile. “We hope someone saw something and will call us. We also encourage anyone missing a male family member or acquaintance to let us know.”
Anyone with information about this or any other case should call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 803-283-3388 or contact Midlands Crimestoppers in one of the following ways: dial 888-274-6372, log onto www.midlandscrimestoppers.com and click on the “Submit a Tip” tab.