Williamsburg County deputies try to solve murder in the woods

KINGSTREE, SC (WCSC) - Williamsburg County sheriff's deputies are investigating a murder.

Authorities found the body of a 73-year-old man shot to death in a wooded area last week. Detectives were called to Dutch Neck Road off Highway 52 near Kingstree after a chilling phone call to 9-1-1 operators describes what happened when family members found the body.

"We just found my granddad," the caller said. "Somebody has shot him near the deer stand."

Loved ones frantically called Williamsburg County dispatchers after discovering their grandfather's body in this wooded area on Dutch Neck Road.

"I'm scared to get out of the car because I don't know if somebody is out here with a gun or what," the caller asked.

A hunter's paradise outside Kingstree quickly turned into a crime scene as family members panicked.

"And somebody else shot him, correct?" the 9-1-1 operator asked.

"Yes," the caller responded. "You can see its right there in front of the stand. They knew it wasn't a deer.  I mean this is a clear pathway."

EMS workers identified the body as 73-year-old William Moseley. His granddaughter and other relatives told investigators they found him lying on the ground. He had been shot in the back.

Family members told sheriff's deputies that Moseley had problems recently with hunters on his property illegally. They think he stumbled across a hunter using his deer stand without permission."

"I thought it was terrible that anyone would shoot another man like that," said Suzanne Eaddy who works near the shooting.

Eaddy runs "Doug's 52 Bait and Tackle" up the road from where the body was found. She said her customers knew Moseley.

"He was very possessive of his land back here. He did not want anybody to go back there to it," one neighbor said.

Detectives are focusing their search for clues to help solve the crime in the woods.

"That's a terrible thing to happen," Eaddy said. "Here or anywhere else."

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