Deputies investigating death of Upstate 911 dispatcher

PIEDMONT, S.C. — Authorities are investigating the death of a Greenville emergency dispatcher who was found dead in his Piedmont home.

Local media outlets report that an Anderson County sheriff’s deputy found the body of 30-year-old Jarrod Parker on Wednesday afternoon after he did not show up for work.

Deputy Anderson County Coroner Charlie Boseman says Parker appears to have died of asphyxiation.

Suicide and natural causes have been ruled out, and Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Lt. Sheila Cole says authorities are investigating the death as suspicious.

Parker worked for a shared dispatch system for both Emergency Medical Services and the South Carolina Highway Patrol. He also was a volunteer firefighter with the Tigerville Fire Department in Travelers Rest.