BEAUFORT COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - The Beaufort County Coroner has identified the teenager found in a marsh area Friday morning near a boat landing.
The coroner’s office identified the person as 16-year-old Marcus Graves of Beaufort.
Around 8:50 a.m., deputies responded to the Grays Hill Boat Landing for an unresponsive man in the marsh. EMS personnel arrived and confirmed Graves was dead.
The Sheriff’s Office is investigating the circumstances surrounding his death. His age is one reason detectives consider his death suspicious.
Deputies say his family reported him as a runaway at approximately 10 p.m. Thursday and that the northern part of the county where his body was found is not near where he lived.
The coroner’s office is scheduling a forensic autopsy to be performed at MUSC to help determine the cause and manner of Graves’ death.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call Sgt. Ryan Garst at 843-255-3426 or Crimestoppers of the Lowcountry at 843-554-1111.