Sound Off: Safe in the Francis Marion Forest?
Recent discoveries trouble residents.
The headline at Post and Courier's website Thursday: Francis Marion Forest becoming depository for bodies.
The thought likely crossed many minds on Tuesday when the body of Robert Moultrie, 31, of Conway, was found on Brick Church Road inside a Chevy Suburban.
Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury said Wednesday that Moultrie died from an unspecified number of gunshot wounds and his death was ruled a homicide.
The Post and Courier's Andrew Knapp spoke with neighbors about the discovery, along with the double-homicide last month of Dana Woods and June Guerry. The two young women were shot to death and left in two different spots in the forest.
"When we first came here, this was such a closed community, but that has changed," Maureen Sturgis told the reporter. "It's not the place people usually think about for criminal activity, but it’s happening."
In February, police discovered the remains of Dara Watson in the National Forest. The Mount Pleasant woman was killed by her fiance in their shared home and then buried in a shallow grave on a dirt road.
Tell us what you think. Is the remote nature of the Francis Marion bringing crime into the woods. What can law enforcement do to protect the area?