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Charleston deputies release photos of truck after hit-and-run death of 30-year-old hiker

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Charleston County deputies are hoping to identify this truck as they investigate a hit-and-run on S.C. Highway 165 on Friday, March 20, 2020. Charleston County Sheriff's Office/Provided

Days after a 30-year-old man was found dead on a Meggett highway, Charleston County deputies have released stills of a truck they're hoping to identify as they investigate the case as a hit-and-run.

Matthew David Baer was training for a 6-month hike on the Appalachian Trail by walking alongside S.C. Highway 165 on Friday evening, his mother, Linda Baer, said.

A driver spotted Baer's body in the road, surrounded by vehicle parts, and called deputies to the 4500 block about 9:30 p.m.

Baer, of Meggett, was pronounced dead at the scene of multiple traumatic injuries, according to the Charleston County Coroner's office.

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Charleston County Deputies are hoping to identify this truck as they investigate a fatal hit-and-run that occurred on S.C. Highway 165 on Friday, March 20, 2020. Charleston County Sheriff's Office/Provided

Deputies released photos of a dark truck Tuesday, saying they're hoping to identify both the truck and its driver.

It may be a GMC Sierra made between 2005 and 2015, sheriff's Capt. Roger Antonio said, and it could have damage to the hood and front bumper, including a missing front grill. The truck appears to have blue lights in the undercarriage or wheel wells.

Anyone with information can contact the Sheriff's Office at 843-202-1700.

Matthew David Baer

Matthew David Baer, 30, was training for a hike when he was fatally struck on S.C. Highway 165 on Friday, March 20, 2020. Linda Baer/Provided

Baer attended Addlestone Hebrew Academy and Academic Magnet High School before he graduated and moved to Israel for a decade, his mother said. He moved back to Charleston and began training for his planned hike about two months ago.

"He was an intelligent, creative and caring person," Baer's mother said.

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