Man charged with murder in woman’s Anderson County death

ANDERSON, S.C. — An Anderson County man has been charged with murder in the death of a woman whose body was found in a well earlier this year.

Multiple media outlets reported that 55-year-old Perry Pruitt was charged with murder Wednesday. Pruitt previously had been charged with improper disposal of a body.

The body of 57-year-old Patricia Ann Freeman was found in a well in February. She was last seen last September.

Officials said Freeman died from a broken neck.

Sheriff’s Capt. Garland Major said the new charge came after tests by the State Law Enforcement Division. He said investigators wanted to rule out any other way the woman could have ended up in the well before upgrading the charge.

It was not clear if Pruitt has an attorney for the murder charge.