Samuel H. Atkins Jr. was reported missing by his wife about 11 a.m. Monday, McDuffie County Sheriff Logan Marshall said. After the report was filed, Marshall said, he entered Atkins’ name in the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, and the results showed that the body was found in Franklin.
Sgt. Don Willis, of the Macon County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina, said Atkins was found in a car on the shoulder of the road with a gunshot wound. Marshall said the wound appeared to be self-inflicted. The vehicle Atkins was driving had been involved in an accident.