A man was found dead Monday morning along Interstate 77 in Chester County, officials said.
The person found deceased is a white male who appears to be in his 20s, said Chester County Sheriff Max Dorsey. The man does not appear to have been hit by a vehicle, but officials have not yet determined how he died, Dorsey said.
“We are conducting a death investigation at this point to determine what happened and how it happened,” Dorsey said.
Detectives and crime scene technicians from the sheriff’s office went to the scene but Dorsye has not released if any evidence was collected.
Terry Tinker, Chester County Coroner, said that a passerby saw the body Monday morning and notified emergency officials. Tinker has not yet released the identity of the the person who was found.
Tinker said an autopsy, along with other testing, is planned. Both Tinker and Dorsey said that the sheriff’s office and coroner’s office would continue to investigate the death and the circumstances around how the body was found along the highway.
The body was found along the road near mile marker 69 of I-77 northbound, said Tee Melton, assistant chief of the Richburg Fire Department. Emergency officials were notified shortly around 6:45 a.m.., according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.
Traffic was backed up on the northbound side for about two hours, because emergency officials blocked the right hand lane as the investigation continued. Traffic was back to normal by late Monday morning.
Sheriff’s deputies, troopers, firefighters and other emergency responders went to the scene.
Check back for updates on this developing story.