An investigation into the shooting death of a York woman found Saturday on a property near Ekom Beach Road in Laurens has grown to include multiple agencies.
Laurens County Sheriff Don Reynolds said in a statement Wednesday morning that a 2006 Dodge Charger belonging to 27-year-old Michelle Marie Dodge, of Deer Trot Lane in York, was found Tuesday night in Cherokee County.
“Our investigators are working around the clock alongside investigators with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, York County Sheriff’s Office and the York Police Department to follow up on leads,” Reynolds said. ”... We all want to bring justice to this senseless act of violence.”
Cherokee County Sheriff Steve Mueller said the car found on a property along Wolf Den Lane in Gaffney. The private street, which is near the Cherokee Ford Recreation Center, is about 1,600 feet long and ends at the Broad River. Mueller said whoever left the car there likely had knowledge of the area.
The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office searched the area around where the vehicle was found, he said. The car was sent to Laurens County deputies for further investigation.
According to the Associated Press, Mueller said it appeared someone tried to set the car on fire or push it into the river.
Laurens County Chief Deputy Coroner Vickie Cheek said Tuesday an autopsy concluded Dodge died of a single gunshot to the back of the head at about noon on Saturday.
Reynolds said authorities were not able to release more details about the case “because we don’t want to jeopardize the integrity of the investigation.”
Anyone with information about Dodge’s death is asked to call the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office at 864-984-4967. To leave an anonymous tip, call 864-68-CRIME.