Authorities in South Carolina have made an arrest after human remains were discovered inside a barrel found floating on a lake. Eric Shawn Fetzer, 25, has been charged with destruction, desecration, or removal of human remains. The investigation was a joint effort between the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, and the emergency management offices of Spartanburg County and Cherokee County.
The partially submerged barrel was found near the shore of Lake Thicketty in rural Gaffney. After prying it open, deputies uncovered the human remains, which were later identified as those of Jeffrey Sutphin, 56, who had been reported missing on June 15. The Cherokee County Coroner’s Office stated that the body had likely been in the container for several days.
Authorities suspect foul play in connection with the body found in the barrel. Sheriff Steve Mueller confirmed that the investigation is ongoing, with four investigators currently following leads and gathering information. The case was transferred to the Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office and Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office after it was determined that Sutphin had died in Spartanburg County.
The arrest of Eric Shawn Fetzer marks a significant development in the case. However, authorities have not released any further details about the circumstances surrounding the discovery of the human remains or Fetzer’s alleged involvement.
The joint effort between law enforcement agencies highlights the importance of collaboration in solving complex cases. By pooling their resources and expertise, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, and the emergency management offices of Spartanburg County and Cherokee County were able to make progress in the investigation.
Residents are anxiously awaiting further updates from law enforcement regarding the ongoing investigation. The motive behind the crime and the events leading up to Sutphin’s death remain unknown at this time.