Body found in Edgefield brings missing person cases into spotlight

Published: Aug. 17, 2016 at 6:38 PM EDT
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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

SALUDA Co. , S.C. (WAGT/WRDW) -- Workers found a body at a Tri-County trash facility in Edgefield County. They believe it came from a dumpster at an elementary school in Saluda County.

Now, Aiken, Edgefield, Saluda and Newberry counties are all waiting to see if the body found at the dump is one of their missing women.

"Several folks around us have missing folks. Clinton called me the other day.. Clinton PD," said Cockrell.

Chief Deputy Chris Cockrell says Saluda County has one missing woman, Nancy Caughman Lott.

"It's been about two months since she's been missing," said Cockrell.

She's a 59 year old white female and deputies believe it's a possibility the body found in Edgefield is her.

But it's also a possibility it's the one woman missing from Edgefield county, Tammy Kingery. Aiken County also has two women missing since 2011.

"Whether or not it's her we don't want to speculate. We hope for her family that if it is we get the confirmation so we can give them that closure of knowing where she is now," said Cockrell.

Cockrell says because the body was traced back to a dumpster behind Ridge Spring-Monetta elementary school they are at the top of the list to find out if the Jane Doe is actually Lott.

"They will be able to compare that as soon as they get that DNA panel made," said Cockrell.

Cockrell says a sudden unidentified body raises the hopes of families still looking for loved ones.

"It's always it's good for us feeling wise to be able to give an answer. I know it's not a good answer. It's not something you want to see for a family member," said Cockrell.

The concrete evidence from SLED is going to take at least another week.

"It's a waiting game. You got to have some patience," said Cockrell.

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