Body Found in Anderson County May be Missing Taylors Man

Homer Staton, 72, and Jo Ann Staton, 68 were last seen at Old Country Buffet on Wade Hampton Blvd on Friday. On Saturday a car found parked near a pond was traced to the couple who had by then disappeared. Homer Stanton’s hearing aid was found in the car. A police search of the couple’s home found no evidence of where the couple was.

On Sunday a man walking his dog found a body a few miles from where the Stanton’s car was found. Police are not yet sure if the body is Homer Stanton but are investigating the possibility.

From WYFF:

ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. — The Anderson County Sheriff’s office has begun a homicide investigation on a man’s body found near Asaville School Road.

The body was found a few miles from the car of a missing couple from Taylors.

Sheriff John Skipper said the car belongs to 72-year-old Homer and 68-year-old Jo Ann Staton of Taylors. Deputies found it near a pond off Belton Highway.

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The Anderson County Coroner’s Office could not confirm the identity of the person found dead, but said he was probably between 60 and 70 years old.

Greenville Online also has a report.

UPDATE: The body has been identified as Homer Staton and his death has been ruled a homicide. From Fox Carolina:

ANDERSON, S.C. — Anderson County deputies said that the death of a Taylors man whose body was found on Sunday night is a homicide.

The Anderson County Coroner’s Office said that the body of 72-year-old Homer Staton was found along Asaville School Road at about 6:15 p.m. Sunday. Investigators said that Staton died from blunt force trauma to the head.

Jo Ann Staton remains missing. Anyone with information call Anderson County Crime Stoppers at 231-STOP.

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