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Lexington man arrested in bizarre body in a barrel case

Jerry Galloway, of Gilbert, was arrested and charged with destruction or removal of human...
Jerry Galloway, of Gilbert, was arrested and charged with destruction or removal of human remains.(WRDW)
Published: Nov. 4, 2020 at 6:52 PM EST
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EDGEFIELD COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - Edgefield County sheriff’s deputies have made an arrest in a bizarre case that began with the discovery of a body in a barrel.

Jerry Ward Galloway of Gilbert, South Carolina, was arrested and charged with destruction or removal of human remains on Oct. 27. He bonded out of jail two days later, officials said.

According to the warrant, Galloway brought the body of Thomas Gainey to Edgefield County in a plastic barrel along with cement blocks in an effort to submerge it in a creek off Rachel Road in Ridge Spring.

Officials located the barrel following a tip from a resident who heard gunshots and men talking on a nearby bridge earlier in the day.

The resident reportedly thought the men were night hunting and passed the scene to see if there was a dead deer. Instead, the report said, the resident found the barrel in a creek below the bridge.

Gainey, according to investigators, had been deceased for 24 to 48 hours when his body was found. A cause of death has not been determined.

No other arrest has been made.

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