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Officers found a body in the woods off Hagood Avenue in Barnwell, S.C., on Saturday morning.

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A recovery team found remains, which have not been identified, about 10 a.m. Saturday during a search of the woods behind Hagood Avenue Baptist Church in Barnwell, S.C.  MORRIS NEWS SERVICE
MORRIS NEWS SERVICE
A recovery team found remains, which have not been identified, about 10 a.m. Saturday during a search of the woods behind Hagood Avenue Baptist Church in Barnwell, S.C.


“We recovered skeletal remains,” Barnwell County Coroner Lloyd Ward said.

The remains, which have not been identified, were discovered about 10 a.m. during a search of the woods behind Hagood Avenue Baptist Church by “a team of recovery officers from around the state,” Barnwell Police Chief Todd Gantt said.

The team was searching for 29-year-old Ryan Scott Caudill, who was last seen April 29 running into the woods behind the church.

Ward said he has a “strong suspicion” of the identity of the remains, but would not elaborate.

He said the remains will be sent Monday to a forensic anthropologist in Columbia. Ward will also analyze and compare medical and dental records to help determine the identity.

There was no determination on the cause of death.

“It’s way too early,” Ward said.

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AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 06/16/12 - 04:21 pm
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Newcomer to the area?

Isn't he from Oklahoma?

ALM873
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ALM873 06/18/12 - 02:05 pm
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This man was from Barnwell.

This man was from Barnwell. Moved away after school for a little while and came back home.

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