The bodies of two men found in a vehicle on a rural dirt road near Holly Hill had gunshot wounds to their heads, according to an Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office incident report released Thursday.
The bodies of Ricky Antoine Taylor, 34, of 480 Gabby Hall Court and Michael Laprince Pinckney, 29, of 463 Jet Ridge Road were found Sunday in a 2004 tan Chevrolet Impala.
The sheriff’s office is investigating the men’s deaths as homicides, Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Richard Walker said. No one is in custody in connection with the deaths.
The vehicle was discovered near 180 Brelands Road at 1:33 p.m. Sunday, according to Holly Hill Police Chief Josh Detter.
A Holly Hill police officer at the scene reported that the vehicle appeared to have, “struck a utility pole and rolled onto the driver’s side,” according to an incident report.
A S.C. Highway Patrol trooper also responded to the scene. A deputy reported, “Upon examination of the accident site, damages caused and the amount of bodily injuries to both victims, it was determined by him that this was more than just a motor vehicle accident.”
The S.C. Highway Patrol then handed the case over to the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office for an investigation into what the report calls “two suspicious deaths.”
A deputy had everyone at the scene leave the area before putting up crime scene tape to mark off the closed area, a sheriff’s office incident report states.
The deputy and a deputy coroner determined the driver, “had a head injury consistent with that of a gunshot wound.”
A wrecker service towed the Chevrolet Impala, which had dealer tags, to the crime scene investigation unit’s impound lot.
On Thursday, Orangeburg County Coroner Samuetta Marshall confirmed that Taylor and Pinckney both died from gunshot wounds.
She said additional details about their deaths would not be released at this time due to the active status of the investigation.
The bodies underwent autopsies on Wednesday.
If anyone has any information on the case, they are asked to call the sheriff’s office at 803-534-3550 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.