Coroner's office rules N. Charleston liquor store death as homicide

Matthew Renken (Source: Facebook)
Matthew Renken (Source: Facebook)

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston County Coroner's Office has ruled the death of a 39-year-old man found in a North Charleston liquor store as a homicide.

Officials with the North Charleston Police Department say the body of Matthew Renken was found at the Port City Liquor store on Dorchester Road around 8 a.m. on April 23.

Coroner Rae Wooten said on Friday that based on two weeks of investigation, she was confident enough to rule Renken's death as a homicide. Wooten said she was waiting on forensics to help her make her decision.

Spencer Pryor with the North Charleston Police Department also said on Friday that detectives are continuing to investigate Renken's death.

"At this time there is no lead on a suspect or suspects," Pryor said.

Police ask anyone with information to call police or Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.

Authorities say when officers arrived at the liquor store on April 23, the store's front door was locked. Officers then went to the rear of the store where they found the rear door standing open and a man standing behind a vehicle.

Police say the man flagged police over and said that he thought his stepson might be dead.

A police report states that one of the officers then entered the store and found Renken's body in an office with a black handgun laying on the floor next to him.

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