Body of missing Prosperity man found in woods
PROSPERITY, S.C. (AP) — The body of a Prosperity man missing since Friday has been found in a wooded area.
Newberry County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that the body of 56-year-old Walter Tom Hawkins Jr. was found Sunday in a wooded area off S.C. Highway 391 near Prosperity. His family had reported Hawkins missing Friday.
A man was taken into custody, and authorities say they expect murder charges to be filed. Authorities say alcohol appears to be a factor in the death.
An autopsy is scheduled for Monday to determine a cause of death.