Investigators pursue new angles in burned remains case

Published: Mar. 13, 2015 at 3:19 AM EDT|Updated: Mar. 23, 2015 at 3:19 AM EDT
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NORTH, SC (WIS) - Investigators have a new angle to pursue in figuring out who it was they found dead in Orangeburg County over the weekend.

The sheriff says the body, along with the car it was found in, were burned beyond identification.

Along Monaco Lane in Orangeburg County, neighbors still have more questions than answers.

Just days ago, deputies say they found a badly burned body inside a burned out vehicle nearby.

The Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office hasn't said much, but has said a farmer discovered the body inside the car on Saturday hidden in a field off the dirt road.

An autopsy was scheduled for Sunday, but the Coroner's Office tells us now that they still haven't been able to identify the person.

The deputy coroner tells says his office has sent a sample to SLED's DNA lab, and they're hoping DNA can be extracted. He says the body is so badly burned, it's hard to tell if the victim is a male or female at this point.

West Columbia Police Captain Scott Morrison says his agency is working with Orangeburg County deputies to determine if the body belongs to 22-year-old Adam Berry who was reported missing last week.

"When you have a missing persons case like we do." Morrison said. "Anytime you have an event like they do down there, they have a vehicle and a body in the vehicle, you follow-up on stuff like that to verify who that may be to see if it's linked with our case or not."

Morrison says foul-play is possible in Berry's disappearance -- but there's nothing definitive to link the two cases right now.

"The evidence that was found down there is being examined and looked at, and we hope, within the next several days, to have results back on that, and then we can make an identification on the individual that was down there," Morrison said.

The Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office says they're looking at all missing persons cases that could potentially be connected.

Meanwhile, the mother of Adam Berry tells me she hopes to have more information about the body in Orangeburg County very soon.

She says her son was disliked by some, since he'd recently been charged as an accessory after the fact to a felony or murder.

His mother is still asking for help finding her son who was last seen with a friend in West Columbia and drove a blue 1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse with a paper tag.

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