Sheriff: Letter with GPS coordinates leads investigators to body in shallow grave

Published: Mar. 10, 2017 at 3:18 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 10, 2017 at 5:49 PM EST
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BISHOPVILLE, SC (WIS) - An anonymous letter with GPS coordinates sent to the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office helped deputies find the body of a man who had disappeared in late December, Sheriff Jim Matthews said.

The body of Adam Ray Davis was found in a shallow grave in Bishopville on March 8.

Matthews said immediately after receiving the tip, deputies and investigators canvassed a suspicious wooded area with cadaver dogs and found the grave.

"It's unusual, highly unusual, but the family and we had said, the family wanted to find their son and so our mission was to help them find their son for closure with that," Matthews said. "That letter did give us the ability to recover him."

The sheriff is now referring to this as a murder investigation.

Sheriff Matthews says whoever buried his body knew the area well.

"Somebody had put him there and maybe the person that put him there – we don't know, we don't know where the tip came from, maybe somebody was talking about it and the word got back – we really do not know where the tip came from but we are very glad to get it, Matthews said.

SLED, Kershaw County sheriff's investigators and deputies with the Lee County Sheriff's Office worked the scene for several hours seeking clues and further information.

Davis went missing on Dec. 29, 2016 at a friend's house in Bethune.

Family members say he went to a bar in Bethune with some friends, and that's where his car was found after he went missing.

Davis' sister, Heather Kelly Davis, said the family is already planning the funeral.

"To have him home and to know where he is and the thing I have been saying all along is he didn't deserve to be thrown out like a piece of trash," Heather said.

If you have any information about this incident, you are urged to contact Crimestoppers in any of the following ways: Call 1-888-CRIME SC (888-274-6372), Text TIPSC plus your tip info to CRIMES (274637), visit and email a tip. Your identity will be kept anonymous, and if your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

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