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Chief confident break in teen's disappearance, murder coming after arrest in NJ

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July 19th video footage of Aaron Abraham while at the Sumter County Library (Source: Sumter Police Department) July 19th video footage of Aaron Abraham while at the Sumter County Library (Source: Sumter Police Department)
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Markice Hunter (Source: Sumter Police Department) Markice Hunter (Source: Sumter Police Department)
SUMTER, SC (WIS) -

The arrest of a fugitive in New Jersey may be the key to helping Sumter investigators understand why a teenager was murdered and left by the side of a country road last summer, according to authorities.

Sumter Police Chief Russell Roark says a man wanted for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl may also have vital information in the investigation into 18-year-old Aaron Abraham's murder.

Officers with the United States Marshal's Fugitive Task Force on January 30 apprehended Markice Hunter, 21, in East Orange, New Jersey.

Hunter was wanted for sexually assaulting the daughter of a female acquaintance in March, 2012. 

Police intend to question Hunter in Abraham's disappearance and murder. Abraham was reported missing in July, 2012 when he failed to return home from the Sumter County Library. His body was found on the side of Highway 261 near Wedgefield several weeks later.

A task force consisting of investigators from Sumter, Clarendon, and Kershaw have been continuously following leads in the case. 

"We are following strong leads that suggest Hunter can provide vital information into the murder investigation," said Sumter Police Chief Russell Roark.  "I am confident a break in the case is forthcoming."

Sumter Police continue to encourage anyone with information regarding the murder of Aaron Abraham to contact the Sumter Police Department at (803) 436-2717 or CrimeStoppers at (803) 436-2718 or 1-888-CRIME-SC. You can remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward.

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