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Car in Pond

A partially burned car was found in a pond off Ridgewood Drive in Orangeburg on Tuesday morning.

A 31-year-old Orangeburg man is one of two people discovered in a burning Cadillac on June 11 in a wooded area off Ridgewood Drive. 

Orangeburg County Chief Deputy Coroner Sean Fogle announced Monday that DNA results confirmed that Richard Ray Moody, 31, of Fourth Avenue, was one of the victims.

The cause and manner of death remains under investigation by the coroner’s office and the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office.

The identity of the second body has not yet been released.

Around 5:41 a.m. on June 11, Orangeburg Department of Public Safety firefighters responded to the 1300 block of Ridgewood Drive for a report of a woods and grass fire.

When crews arrived at the scene, they saw a vehicle in the woods on the edge of a pond “with heavy fire showing from the passenger compartments and trunk area,” according to an ODPS fire report.

After crews extinguished the fire, they used an extrication tool to open the trunk and passenger compartment to extinguish hot spots in the vehicle.

When they did that, they discovered “two deceased persons in the front seat of the vehicle,” the report said.

A sheriff’s office report states that the vehicle, a dark blue Cadillac of an unknown model or year, was 75 percent burned.

The vehicle did not have a South Carolina license tag. The report notes it may have burned in the fire.

A partial vehicle identification number was visible, the report states.

If anyone has information about the incident, they are asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 803-534-3550 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 16 years.

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