Police identify dead body found in Lancaster

LANCASTER — Lancaster County authorities today released the name of a 43-year-old manwhose badly decomposed body was found in the southern part of the countylast week.

Mike Dennis Clanton, whose last known address was in Blacksburg, wasidentified Tuesday evening after the State Law Enforcement Division analyzedhis fingerprints, Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris said.

Although a cause of death is still under investigation, Clanton’s body hadapparently been lying off Flint Ridge Road for about six days, Morris said.

Around 10 a.m. Friday, investigators responded to the scene after a passerbyspotted a body down an embankment. The body was taken to the MedicalUniversity of South Carolina in Charleston for a forensic autopsy.