Report: Snapchat saying he was dead led to investigation into missing person believed killed

Published: May. 14, 2019 at 12:31 PM EDT
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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

AIKEN COUNTY, SC (WRDW/WAGT) -- An incident report is shedding new light on a death investigation involving a missing person.

According to the Aiken County Sheriff's Office incident report, Derrick Jai Curry's mother made a statement on May 1 indicating that she spoke with someone who knew her son.

According to the report, said they'd dropped Curry off near Minit Shop on Augusta Road earlier that morning.

The report then says a witness saw a Snapchat that said Curry was killed by suspects from New Ellenton and that his body was in Langley Pond.

That's exactly where investigators ended up. According to a press release, investigators searched two homes around 5:00 a.m. Monday in New Ellenton. That's where deputies believe Curry was shot and killed. They have not yet found a body.

Evidence at the first homes led investigators to one home on Green Street and another on Keen Avenue. They arrested Denzell Deshawn Jackson, 18. A second man, Shakel Rakeem Dixon, 20, turned himself in a short time later.

"A lot of times these investigations depend more so not just on evidence but also the cooperation of witnesses because there's always going to be that one person that has that piece of information that can link this case together," Aiken County Sheriff's Offices spokesman Eric Abdullah said.

With both suspects behind bars, the sheriff's office continues to ask questions in hopes of finding Derrick.

"We are still working on finding remains and this investigation is ongoing," Abdullah said.

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