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St Helena Murder Victim Indentified

The victim in the October 6th murder on Folly Rd on St Helena has been positively identified as 32-year old Joseph Frank Washington of 161 Seaside Rd, St. Helena Island.   Mr Washington was discovered in a burning vehicle last week and was found to have a gunshot wound as well.
This murder followed the shooting death of  44 year old Julius Chaplin  on St Helena the night before.  Chaplin was discovered in his driveway by his girlfriend who had been inside the home at the time of the shooting, but didn’t witness it.   While motive and possible suspect(s) have yet to be uncovered, investigators suspect a high probability of a connection between the two incidents, with both victims being well known by law enforcement.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information to contact either Investigator Sgt. J. Fraser at 843-255-3416, Investigator Cpl. A. Rice at 843-255-3429, or the Beaufort County Dispatch Center at 843-524-2777.

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