Coroner: Body found in woods is missing hunter; two people charged

Published: Aug. 30, 2016 at 7:44 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 30, 2016 at 8:14 PM EDT
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COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Authorities say the body located in the woods in Cottageville has been identified as a missing hunter whose disappearance led to the arrest of two people.

The Colleton County Coroner's Office identified the body on Tuesday as Orin Patrick. No cause of death has been released.

The Colleton County Sheriff's Office says 25-year-old Schuyler Rene Andrulat of Cottageville and 33-year-old Nathan Baughman of Summerville have been charged with obstruction of justice.

The body was in a wooded area off Red Oak Road the same area where Patrick went missing.

The sheriff's office says the missing hunter was staying with friends.

The arrests stems from an incident that began on Aug. 21 when a Colleton County deputy responded to a home on Peirce Road in reference to a missing person.

The deputy spoke to Andrulat who said a friend of hers, Orin Patrick, had come to her home to go hunting Friday evening.  According to a report, Andrulat said she dropped Patrick off along the woodline on Peirce Road with a shotgun.

Authorities also spoke with Patrick's friend, Baughman, who told investigators over the phone that he and Patrick had been staying at a home on Lakeview Drive in Summerville.

Baughman said the last time he saw Patrick was on Aug. 19, but was unsure of the time "because they had both been drinking so he did not remember much about that day."

The incident report states Baughman told investigators that this was not the first time Patrick had just "gone away, but it has never been for this long and never without making contact with him."

Detectives reported that they had Patrick's cell phone pinged to find the last location for it which was in Summerville.

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