Suspects named in case of bodies found in barrels

John Michael Young and Shane Fischer
John Michael Young and Shane Fischer
The victims. (Source: WYFF)
The victims. (Source: WYFF)

ANDERSON COUNTY, SC (WYFF) - Anderson County deputies have named two people in connection to homicides that were uncovered when bodies were found inside two barrels in Lake Hartwell.

Investigators said Shane Fischer and John Michael Young have been charged in connection to the deaths of 37-year-old Andrea "Kellie" Mitchell, from Pendleton, and 52-year-old Tony Lamar McGinnis, from Starr.

Fischer is already in jail on unrelated charges. Investigators say he helped dispose of the bodies.

Deputies are continuing to look for Young.  He is wanted on a murder charge

Deputies executed a search warrant at Young's home on Friday and collected some evidence that News 4's Mandy Gaither said included knives and a chain saw.

Mitchell's body was found inside a barrel on Wednesday in Lake Hartwell.   Coroner Greg Shore said her body may have been in the barrel for as long as 35 days. Friday afternoon, Shore identified the body in the second barrel as that of McGinnis.

Shore said McGinnis' body had been dismembered, but Mitchell's was not.

McGinnis had been reported missing several weeks ago.  Anderson County deputies had last spoken to him in September, and no one is known to have heard from him since.

News 4 has learned that Mitchell and McGinnis knew each other and deputies believe they were targeted.   Investigators don't believe the community is in any danger in connection to the killings.

Anyone with information about Young's whereabouts is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 888-CRIMESC.

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