The human remains found by hunters in Sumter County, SC on Nov. 26 have been identified. Sumter County Coroner Robbie Baker said the victim was 34-year-old Frederick Ricardo Nelson Jr. of Sumter.
Testing also determined the man was killed by multiple gunshot wounds.
“It is definitely a homicide with multiple gunshots,” said Baker.
The investigation continues. Mark Bordeaux with the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office said they are still trying to determine who shot the man before wrapping him in a tarp and leaving his body in the woods off of Cimmaron Road in the small town of Borden between Rembert and Pisgah.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division performed forensic testing on the remains, which resulted in them identifying Nelson. Family members then confirmed his identity. Several unique and unmistakable tattoos helped to identify him. Dental records, DNA and fingerprints also helped.