Coroner: Saluda mayor killed himself
SALUDA — Officials say the mayor of Saluda killed himself at a family home in Newberry County on Sunday, the same day a newspaper published a story questioning about $38,000 in mileage reimbursements he received from the town.
Frank Addy Jr. was found dead Sunday morning from a gunshot to the head at a home on Lake Greenwood, Newberry County Coroner Craig Newton said.
Newton ruled the death a suicide. He said he is helping deputies as they continue to investigate the death.
The State Law Enforcement Division was investigating Addy based in part on a February story in The Index-Journal of Greenwood, which found the mayor claimed nearly $27,000 in travel reimbursements in 2012, more than triple what he spent the year before. Saluda reimburses Addy 55 cents a mile for his travel, which comes out to driving more than 48,000 miles last year.
Addy claimed $8,800 for travel in 2011 and $2,300 in 2010.
Addy told the newspaper at the time that he made most of the trips in a day, so he doesn’t have hotel or gas station receipts. He also said he couldn’t identify his destinations or the businesses he visited because the town keeps that information confidential.