BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury has confirmed the body found in the Francis Marion Forest Wednesday is that of a missing 22-year-old woman.
Officials with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office say they located the body on Greenwood Drive in the Alvin community which is 10 miles away from where investigators found the body of Dana Marie Woods.
Salisbury confirmed June Guerry, who was last seen with Woods on Sunday night at a home in Pinopolis, died from a gunshot wound.
According to authorities, a man was visiting a family grave off Greenwood Drive and saw a shirt in the trees. Authorities say the man walked a little further and discovered the body.
"It was a shirt or a sweatshirt that was hanging up in a tree. It was like a sign that someone would want someone to come in and investigate and find her," said the coroner.
Salisbury notified Guerry's family after the body was discovered. After he confirmed what the woman was wearing the night of the disappearance, he felt confident they had located her.
Investigators say the area where the second body was discovered in an old dirt pit that was estimated about 10 to 15 feet deep. Berkeley County spokesperson Dan Moon said the body was not found buried but the clothing used as a marker is a first during his time in the county.
"A lot of times criminals do something and they want people to see what they did or find what they did," Moon said. "That could possibly be the case here."
Now investigators are tasked with figuring out why the bodies were found so far apart.
"That's something the investigators said this afternoon was a little strange," said Moon. "Why were these two bodies found ten miles apart?"
The coroner confirmed early Wednesday morning, it was Dana Woods' body that was found shot about 75 yards from her charred car in the Francis Marion Forest in Cordesville.
Authorities would not release information on how many times the teenager was shot or where on her body.
In addition to searching in the forest, investigators have been combing surveillance tapes of places the girls may have been last and conducting interviews to find leads.
"We have some leads that we are looking at but I wouldn't say that we have anything extremely strong right now," said Moon. "The investigation is still very much ongoing into the deaths of these two females we have located. We are now trying to determine who did this to these ladies."
If you know anything about the women's disappearance, you are asked to call the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office at 719-4412.