HARDEEVILLE, S.C. - Interim Hardeeville Police Chief Sam Woodward says state investigators have found some missing evidence in a 2011 killing.

Woodward said evidence found by the State Law Enforcement Division prompted officials to reopen the investigation earlier this year, the Island Packet of Hilton Head reported.

Woodward says SLED has nearly completed its review of the killing of 24-year-old Joseph Kilpatrick of Pineland in Jasper County.

Woodward says SLED's report will be sent to the local prosecutor. Officials would not say how the evidence was lost. State officials completed an audit of the Hardeeville Police Department's evidence room last week.

Woodward said he expects the SLED report to include recommendations for improving the department's evidence vault.

"A lot of it might match what I'm already thinking of anyway," he said. "We'll just have to wait and see."

Kilpatrick was shot and killed by masked intruders at an apartment complex in Hardeeville.

Prosecutor Duffie Stone asked SLED to reopen the case in April to determine if there was an improper relationship between the lead investigators and two suspects in the case.


Information from: The Island Packet, http://www.islandpacket.com