LANCASTER — Lancaster County authorities today released the name of a 43-year-old man whose badly decomposed body was found in the southern part of the county last week.
Mike Dennis Clanton, whose last known address was in Blacksburg, was identified Tuesday evening after the State Law Enforcement Division analyzed his fingerprints, Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris said.
Although a cause of death is still under investigation, Clanton’s body had apparently been lying off Flint Ridge Road for about six days, Morris said.
Around 10 a.m. Friday, investigators responded to the scene after a passerby spotted a body down an embankment. The body was taken to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston for a forensic autopsy.