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Probe: Does burned body belong to missing man?

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Orangeburg County and West Columbia authorities are working together to determine if a missing man is the person found in a burned car near North.

On Saturday, Orangeburg County authorities were called to a remote area off Monaco Road located about five miles west of North town limits where a farmer reported a burned-out vehicle.

Officials found the burned remains of a body inside the vehicle, authorities said.

West Columbia Police Capt. Scott Morrison said authorities at both investigative agencies are comparing their findings with one another.

"We are working with them (Orangeburg County) to see if we can verify anything," he said.

West Columbia investigators asked the public for help last week in locating 22-year-old Adam Berry. Investigators said they believed Berry was the victim of foul play.

Although he has a Gaston address, Berry was staying at a West Columbia extended stay motel near the intersection of Interstate 26 and Sunset Boulevard.

Berry was last seen on March 4 driving a blue Mitsubishi with black hood and a dent in the driver's side door.

Morrison said there is no confirmation the individual located in western Orangeburg County is Berry or that the two cases have been proven to be connected.

Around 5 p.m. Saturday, Orangeburg County authorities received the call that a body had been found near North.

According to a Sheriff’s Office incident report, the landowner said he checking his property when he noticed a vehicle. The man retrieved his gun thinking trespassers were on his property.

As he approached the vehicle, the landowner realized the vehicle had been burned. Inspecting the burned hulk a bit closer, he saw what looked like human remains in the passenger's seat.

Both the body and the vehicle had been burned beyond recognition, making identification difficult, authorities said.

No cause of death has been released as of yet.

Contact rwalker@timesanddemocrat.com at 803-533-5516.

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