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An Elloree man has been charged in a March shooting death, according to Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell.

"This may have taken nearly six months, but the investigators never stopped seeking the individual who committed this crime," Ravenell said. "You may be days, weeks, even years ahead of us, but we're still coming for you."

Aaron Beach, 27, went before Orangeburg County Magistrate Peggy Domreus on Saturday. He was formally charged with murder.

The investigation began on March 20 when a business owner called 911 to say he couldn't make contact with an employee.

The owner said he normally picks up the victim for work. When no contact could be made, he believed something was wrong.

When investigators arrived at the employee's residence on the Joe Jeffords bypass in Orangeburg, they found 52-year-old Scott Allen Brooks inside his home with an apparent gunshot wound to the upper body.

Ravenell said a relentless effort brought a resolution to the case.

A motive is still being sought in the case.

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