Originally created 05/12/05

Police seek man in connection with death



AIKEN - Police say that an Aiken County man whose body was found Wednesday in a shed near North Augusta was murdered.

The Aiken County Sheriff's Office is looking for William C. Adams, 48, who was seen with the victim, Donald C. Boyd, on Saturday.

The two men were seen at Mr. Boyd's former home on Womrath Road with a third man identified only as "Tony," according to a statement from the sheriff's office.

Lt. Michael Frank said investigators were uncertain what the men were doing at the residence or how they knew each other.

Mr. Adams lives at the Kalamia Apartment complex in Graniteville, authorities said. He has been arrested several times since 1993, most recently on March 27 when the sheriff's office picked him up on a bench warrant for criminal domestic violence, Lt. Frank said. He was released April 19.

The sheriff's office said Mr. Boyd, 67, had a serious head injury. His body was sent to Newberry for an autopsy, the results of which were expected later today.

Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said Wednesday that Mr. Boyd had been evicted from the Womrath Road residence and had returned to retrieve his belongings. His wife reported him missing over the weekend, and his body was found about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Mr. Adams is described as white, about 6 feet tall, weighing about 190 pounds and having gray hair. He is reportedly driving a white 1988 Chevrolet pickup truck with a tailgate painted with primer.

Anyone with information is asked to call (800) 922-9709.

Reach Josh Gelinas at (803) 648-1395, ext. 110 or josh.gelinas@augustachronicle.com.