Richmond County Coroner Grover Tuten confirmed that a Barnwell, S.C., surgeon found dead in Spirit Creek died as a result of manual strangulation and blunt-force injuries.
Dr. Charles Mann III, 60, who worked in Barnwell during the week and returned home to Kathleen, Ga., on the weekends, was last seen in Barnwell on Thursday. Police said his blue 2006 Honda Civic was found in a wooded area on Old Louisville Road on Friday and his body was later recovered at Spirit Creek at Willis Foreman Road.
Tuten said the autopsy was not able to determine an approximate time of death.
“The water would skew all that,” he said.
Glenn Vincent Riggs II, a 22-year-old who had warrants for several misdemeanor crimes, was charged with murder and robbery by force in the case. Police believe Mann died at Riggs’ residence in the 2600 block of Dublin Drive.