Police investigating death after body found under Huger St. overpass

Source: Aaron Maybin/Live 5 News
Source: Aaron Maybin/Live 5 News
Source: Aaron Maybin/Live 5 News
Source: Aaron Maybin/Live 5 News

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston Police are asking for information into a fatal assault that happened under an overpass in downtown Charleston.

Spokesman Charles Francis said the body of a middle-aged man was found under the overpass on Huger Street. A passerby found the body at 9:04 a.m., an incident report states.

According to authorities, the death is being investigated as a homicide.

Francis said there was visible trauma to the body, but the extent of the injuries were not immediately clear.

Kate Fischer works at Palmetto Brewing Company right next to the Huger Street overpass.

When she got to work this morning, she said she encountered the crime scene.

"It was definitely crazy," Fischer said. "There were cars everywhere, I almost couldn't pull in to the parking lot because there were so many people. Then I saw what was going on."

Locals said the area is heavily traveled by car and foot.

"There are a lot of people who travel up and down this little path underneath the bridge, because of the shortcuts," said Lionel Cheathel, of Charleston.

"It's pretty shocking to see something like this," said Marvin Smith, who sells meals to workers near the overpass. "We come here every day, and we do this construction... it's just heartfelt."

While the events of what happened underneath the overpass are unknown right now, Cheathel said some people do sleep there.

"A lot of homeless people be around this area just as well," he added.

Fischer and her friends skateboard in a section under the overpass, not far from where the body was found.

She said she has noticed an issue in that area before.

"The lights under there don't work," Fischer said. "I think that would be a way to keep things like this from happening in the future. There are six lights, and only one works."

The Charleston County Coroner has not yet provided the identity or cause of death.

Francis said no suspect(s) have been identified.

This is the seventh reported homicide in the city this year, Francis said.

Anyone with information about this incident can call 843-743-7200 for the on-duty Charleston Police Central Detective or Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111.

Copyright 2017 WCSC. All rights reserved.