Police: 2 SC men charged in connection to traveling salesman’s drug overdose death

Police: 2 SC men charged in connection to traveling salesman’s drug overdose death

SUMTER, SC (WIS) - The Sumter Police Department has charged two men recently for their roles in the overdose death of a traveling salesman in August.

According to police, Louis Ross, 37, of North Myrtle Beach, was working in Sumter and staying in a motel before he was reported missing by his employer and associates on Aug. 10, 2018.

On Aug. 12, officers located the vehicle Ross was last seen driving during a traffic stop. Another man was driving the car and police continued searching for Ross, but information obtained during the traffic stop allowed police to focus on the areas where Ross may have been found.

On Aug. 13, Ross' body was located in a wooded area off Dicks Street in Sumter. An autopsy confirmed that he died of a drug overdose.

The man who was driving the vehicle during the traffic stop, 26-year-old Joseph Rakeem Buck, of Sumter, and was arrested on Aug. 13. He was charged with grand larceny related to the theft of the vehicle.

As the police investigation continued, officers discovered that Buck and Edward Frederick Williams, 28, of Sumter, gave Ross heroin prior to his death.

Buck and Williams were arrested last week and charged with distribution of heroin and conspiracy to distribute heroin. Both men are being held at the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center.

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