Coroner identifies body found on Dorchester Road in North Charleston

  • Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013 8:53 a.m., Updated: Thursday, April 18, 2013 10:30 p.m.
Authorities are investigating a body found Thursday on Dorchester Road.

North Charleston police are searching for clues after a man’s body was found Thursday beneath a line of bushes that divide a subdivision from a busy stretch of Dorchester Road.

Residents of the Oak Ridge subdivision could only guess what caused officers and paramedics to swarm a row of single-story homes overlooking Dorchester Road near West Montague Avenue.

A man was dead. But neighbors said they heard no gunshots, screeching tires, nor any other signs to suggest that anything was going on outside their homes overnight.

The Charleston County Coroner’s Office identified him as Kenneth Kirton, 58, of Charleston.

An autopsy performed Thursday found injuries consistent with an auto-pedestrian collision, Deputy Coroner Kimberly Rhoton said.

North Charleston police are still investigating the death, she said.

The body was found in front of Anne Rhinesmith’s home on Dorchester Road.

She awoke when her daughter and husband left about 7 a.m. She came out of her home later in the morning to see her house blocked off with yellow tape.

“I thought, ‘Oh my goodness,’ ” Rhinesmith said, reflecting on the shock. “It’s scary to see something like this right outside your house.”

Rhinesmith wondered whether the man had been hit by a car. She said she often finds herself frustrated when driving along the curved road. People in dark clothing frequently walk in the way of drivers, despite the sidewalk that lines the street.

No skid marks could be seen on the pavement leading to the patch of grass where the body rested. Police have not released any further details surrounding the death or said how the body was found.

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