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Coroner: Sheriff's office captain found dead had history of hypertension

Published: Sep. 2, 2013 at 9:32 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 3, 2013 at 4:22 PM EDT
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James Nettles
James Nettles

GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Georgetown County Coroner's Office says a sheriff's office captain who was found dead in the woods had an enlarged heart and a history of hypertension which led to an irregular heartbeat.

According to the Georgetown County Coroner's Office, 44-year-old James Nettles, a captain with the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office, was found in the woods in Georgetown County Monday afternoon.

The coroner says there were no signs of foul play, and a final autopsy report will be available in one month. The final autopsy report will be available in one month. 

The sheriff's office says at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, deputies responded to the report of a missing hunter off of Ten Acre Road outside of Andrews.

Authorities say Nettles went hunting at 7 a.m. and did not respond to text or phone calls by his friend.

Georgetown County Sheriff's Deputies, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and the Georgetown County Sheriff's Bloodhound team conducted a search of the area.

At 4 p.m., the victim was located deceased by searchers in a heavily wooded area.

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