Richland County officials identify body in woods

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Richland County authorities have identified a body found in some woods north of Columbia

Coroner Gary Watts said Monday the victim was 21-year-old James J. Shepard of Columbia. Watts says Shepard died from a gunshot wound.

Watts says the death was a homicide.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Arielle Riposta says two people clearing a path in the woods off U.S. 321 found the body Sunday morning.

No arrests have been made.

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