BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Authorities are asking for the public's help in solving the murder of 5-year-old Justin Turner who was found dead 29 years ago.
On Monday, officials with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office released a statement asking the public for help and information in the Moncks Corner murder.
"Today marks the 29th anniversary of the discovery of a dead child, Justin Turner," read a statement by the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office."Justin was just a sweet, 5-year-old boy and somebody out there knows something."
If you have any information on the case you are asked to call the sheriff's office at 843-719-4465 or submit an anonymous tip through Crime Stoppers of the Lowcountry at 843-554-1111.
According to Berkeley County investigators, on March 3, 1989, Turner left his home at 11 a.m. to go to a neighbor's house to catch the school bus.
"Justin's stepmother, Pamela Turner, went to take a shower at this time and did not accompany him outside," BCSO officials said."That afternoon when Pamela Turner went to meet the school bus she found that Justin was not on it nor had he been at school that day. The neighbor whom Justin was supposed to meet that morning had gone outside with her grandson to meet the bus but never saw Justin that morning."
The sheriff's office says a two-day search of the area surrounding the Turner residence was conducted by various law enforcement agencies to find Justin.
Investigators say Justin was found on March 5, 1989, by his father Victor "Buddy" Turner in a cabinet located in a camper in the yard of the residence.
"He was deceased with the manner of death being a homicide," BCSO officials said.