Man arrested in connection to 'suspicious death' in Greenwood
Thursday, July 25, 2013 7:45 AM
Investigators have made an arrest in connection with what officials termed a "suspicious death" at Hillcrest Condos earlier this month, according to Greenwood County Sheriff Tony Davis.
Davis issued a press statement Thursday morning that indicated the county's newly minted Violent Crimes Task Force arrested a suspect early Thursday morning in connection to 68-year-old Phillip Baer's death investigation. Baer was found dead in the living room of his Greenwood condo along Parkway the night of July 14.
The city/county SWAT Team assisted the multi-jurisdictional task force in apprehending the suspect. Davis' press statement noted that the suspect is in custody on a bench warrant. Officials are not yet releasing the name of the suspect, who has not been officially served warrants on the charges. Davis said those formal charges would come this afternoon, and said they would likely be significant.
Officials initially considered Baer's death "suspicious." Dr. Brett Woodard performed an autopsy on the victim in Anderson on July 15, and those findings indicated he died of heart failure. Greenwood County Coroner Sonny Cox ruled the cause of death to be natural. He said pathologists estimated Baer died sometime in the four-hour window between 10 p.m. July 12 and 2 a.m. July 13.
Despite the autopsy results, authorities indicated they would continue investigating the circumstances surrounding Baer's death. Family members found the elderly man's body in a room that was in disarray as if there had been a struggle there, police records indicated. Officers also determined a 32-inch flat screen television and a laptop were stolen from his residence, and discovered Baer's light blue single-cab Ford Ranger pickup truck missing from the parking lot. Investigators found the vehicle July 15 on Dallas Court.