Body Found in Woods Finally Identified as Drifter from Wisconsin

Police had trouble identifying the body of a man found dead in the woods by I-26 six weeks ago because he was a drifter from Wisconsin with no known ties to South Carolina. It’s assumed he was just passing through:

From The State:

NEWBERRY, S.C. — Authorities in South Carolina say it took them six weeks, but they have finally determined the identity of a body found in woods just off Interstate 26.

Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster said Wednesday that 37-year-old Keith Richard Konkol was a drifter born in Wisconsin, who lived for a while in Florida and most recently had been seen in Kingsport, Tenn.

Foster says Konkol had no ties to South Carolina, which made it hard to figure out who he was after his body was found June 14.

The sheriff says Konkol was traveling with another man from Florida to Tennessee when he died in his sleep along I-26 from an overdose of painkillers and other prescription drugs.

The man told deputies he panicked, dragged Konkol’s body into the woods and left it.

On Woodruff Road near the Mauldin/Greenville border there are quite a few drifters who panhandle by the exits, and while hiking around I’ve seen plenty of evidence of makeshift camps in the more deserted areas of office parks. The economic situation has produced a new wave of unemployed and homeless men who have nothing to do but make their way through the country. I’m afraid we’re going to get used to finding dead hobos in the coming years.


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