Police: 3 arrested in Missouri in case of burned body found in Goose Creek

GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - Missouri authorities arrested three people connected to a vehicle stolen from a Goose Creek home where a badly-burned body was found.

Goose Creek police are interviewing the three in St. Peters, Missouri, according to Goose Creek Assistant Police Chief John Grainger. Police have issued an arrest warrant on a charge of grand larceny against one of the three, he said.

That suspect's identity has not yet been released.

Grainger said they will request extradition of the suspect to Berkeley County.

Authorities in Missouri located the vehicle at a post office and traced it to the homeowner of a Madeline Drive home where a body was found in a barrel in the backyard.

The three people in custody are facing charges in Missouri, Grainger said, but Goose Creek Police questioned them about the victim in Goose Creek.

It is not clear whether they are connected to the death. Goose Creek investigators have taken various items of evidence to SLED headquarters to be processed on a "priority" track, he said.

Police found the body Monday night in the backyard of a home in the Boulder Bluff neighborhood where they were performing a welfare check at the request of the resident's daughter, who had not been able to reach him by phone, Grainger said.

The Berkeley County Coroner's Office conducted an autopsy on the body but said they may have to rely on DNA to make a positive identification.

"We have no idea if this body is black, white, male or female at this point," Berkeley County Chief Deputy Coroner George Oliver said Monday night. Investigators hope the examination will help identify the victim and determine the cause of death. Oliver says the body had no hot ashes or smoke on it and could have been in the barrel for some time.

Police responded to a home on Madeline Drive Monday at approximately 7:30 p.m. Monday to check on the welfare of a resident after his daughter told police she had not heard from him since Saturday, Grainger said. The resident's daughter also told police her father was "at-risk" due to health issues, Grainger said.

Officers found the home secure with no signs of forced entry, an incident report states. The resident's daughter told police she had a key to the home, but that her father often changed locks frequently because he has people renting a room from him and then moving out. Her key opened one lock on the front door, but not a second, and she gave police permission to force their way in, the report states.

"He really was too nice if you ask me," said Trasea Heyward who knows the homeowner. "I know he let a lot of people, strangers come stay with him, didn't charge them rent or anything like that."

During a search of the home, officers found the resident's dog in a bedroom but no signs of a struggle or ransacking, the report states. The resident's daughter walked through the home with investigators and said she believed a television and an X-box was possibly missing from the living room.

The resident's daughter was able to give police the names of an ex-roommate and a current roommate of her father and provide a photo of a second man, the report states.

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