On November 4, Williamsburg County Sheriff's Office deputies and the  Coroner's   Office  responded  to  Secondary 288/Coopertown Road after being notified about a dead body discovered in a ditch. The body of Alphonza Porchea of Nesmith was sent to MUSC for an autopsy and an investigation was initiated by both agencies.

Deputies and investigators were told by family members that the deceased had not been seen since Sunday, November 3. After a brief search of the neighborhood, family members began to search the shoulders of the highway where Porchea was discovered lying in a ditch on his side.

Anyone with knowledge or information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Criminal Investigation Division of the Williamsburg County Sheriff's Office by calling (843) 355-6381. You do not have to reveal your identity to leave information.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing.