Police set to release more information on liquor store murder

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - After three weeks of silence, North Charleston Police Investigators have called a 'briefing' to provide an update in the murder investigation of Matthew Renken at Port City Liquors, Thursday.

Officials with the North Charleston Police Department say the body of 39-year-old Matthew Renken was found at the store on Dorchester Road around 8 a.m. on April 23.

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

The most recent information on the murder was released by North Charleston Police spokesman Spencer Pryor, who told Live 5 News "at this time there is no lead on a suspect or suspects."

That was almost three weeks ago.

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 the back of the shop in an office. A black handgun was laying on the floor next to him.

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

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