Sheriff’s Office identifies body found in vehicle behind Bluffton Target

BLUFFTON, SC (WTOC) - The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office has released the identity of the person whose body was found inside a vehicle behind a Target store Thursday morning.

Deputies say the body of 22-year-old Robert Clark Jr., of Hilton Head Island, was found inside a Toyota Tundra pickup truck behind the Target store in Bluffton.

According to the incident report, Clark died as a result of a gunshot wound, and a handgun was found inside his vehicle.

On Wednesday, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office alerted local media that they were looking for Clark. His family reported that he was last seen on Monday morning at his Legends apartment on Hilton Head Island, and their last contact with him was through text message on Monday afternoon.

“Family members of Robert Clark Jr. reported him missing Tuesday. He was last seen Monday morning and last made contact with his family Monday afternoon via text. A deputy patrolling the area of Target this morning here in Bluffton spotted Robert’s vehicle we had put out to the public and ran the tag number, and of course it came back to Robert Clark Jr. of Hilton Head Island,” said Captain Bob Bromage, Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.

A forensic autopsy will be performed at the Medical University of South Carolina to determination the cause and manner of Clark’s death.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Sergeant Doug Seifert at 843-255-3414.

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