Coroner called after child’s body found


A report of a missing child in Greenville County on Tuesday afternoon has turned into a suspicious death investigation, according to deputies. Ryan Flood of the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were called around 2:20 p.m. to a home on Chevy Chase Boulevard to a report of a missing 4-year-old child. A neighbor shared what she saw. “I saw blue lights in front of my trees and I knew something was wrong,” Deborah Rice said. Shortly after arriving at the scene, deputies found the body of a young child in a wooded area behind the house. “I spoke with the grandmother. She said all she knew was that her granddaughter wouldn’t let her come up to the house,” Rice said. The child was pronounced dead and an investigation into the death is ongoing, Flood said. with the Greenville County Coroner’s Office said an autopsy will be performed, but until the results are returned, the death will be considered suspicious. “Any time we find a small child in a wooded area, we treat it as a suspicious death and work through it,” Deputy Coroner Mike Ellis said. “It’s so that we don’t miss anything. If you start looking at it as anything other than that, you might be missing something,” he said. However, Rice and other neighbors said they couldn’t help but worry. “It tires you out walking out your door,” Rice said.

A report of a missing child in Greenville County on Tuesday afternoon has turned into a suspicious death investigation, according to deputies.

Lt. Ryan Flood of the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were called around 2:20 p.m. to a home on Chevy Chase Boulevard to a report of a missing 4-year-old child.

A neighbor shared what she saw.

“I saw blue lights in front of my trees and I knew something was wrong,” Deborah Rice said.

He said shortly after arriving at the scene, deputies found the body of a young child in a wooded area behind the house.

“I spoke with the grandmother. She said all she knew was that her granddaughter wouldn’t let her come up to the house,” Rice said.

The child was pronounced dead and a death investigation is ongoing, Flood said.

A Greenville County Coroner’s Office official said an autopsy will be performed, but until the results are returned the death will be considered suspicious.

“Anytime we find a small child in a wooded area, we treat it as a suspicious death and work it down,” Deputy Coroner Mike Ellis said. “It’s so that we don’t miss anything. If you start looking at it as anything other than that, you might be missing something,” he said.

However, Rice and other neighbors said they couldn’t help but worry.

“It tires you out walking through your door,” Rice said.

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