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Missing Man's Body Found; Brother Charged with Murder

4:26 PM, Mar 3, 2013   |    comments
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Newberry, SC (WLTX) - Newberry County Sheriff's Deputies say the search for a missing man is over.

According to deputies, 56-year old Walter "Tom" Hawkins Jr., of Prosperity was reported missing since Saturday morning.

Investigators say that foul play was suspected in Hawkins' disappearance after they found blood near his home.

The Newberry Sheriff's Department was also searching for Hawkins' brother, 49-year old Daryl Richburg. Deputies say the two men were last seen together Friday night.

Investigators say family members spotted Richburg in a wooded area near his home and detained him until law enforcement officers arrived on scene.

Richburg was taken into custody shortly after 12pm Sunday afternoon and will be charged with murder in connection to the death of Hawkins.

According to deputies, the motive for the killing appears to have stemmed from a domestic related argument. Deputies also believe that alcohol was a factor in the murder.

The Newberry County Coroner's Office has arranged for an autopsy on Monday to determine the official cause of death.

 

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