Body of missing Williston woman discovered in single-vehicle collision in Wagener
The Aiken County Corner’s Office announced Thursday afternoon the identity of the driver in the fatal single-vehicle wreck discovered in Wagener on Thursday morning as a local woman who was reported missing more than a month ago.
Natasha Brown, 45, of Williston, was discovered inside a 2016 Kia four-door vehicle early Thursday, Sept. 27, at the intersection of Miller’s Pond Road and South Dixie Road, approximately 50-75 yards off the road, said Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton.
The vehicle was hidden by vegetation and trees, he said.
The discovery was made by a utility worker doing repair work at approximately 3:43 am. The utility worker was shining headlights into the nearby swamp and noticed the reflection of the vehicle, Carlton said.
Brown was reported missing to law enforcement in Greenwood County on Aug. 8, after not returning to a family member’s home from whom she borrowed the vehicle on Aug. 3, according to the release.
Investigators with South Carolina Highway Patrol were called out to the scene Thursday morning.
It was determined Brown was driving north on South Dixie Road, when the vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway, struck several trees and went down into the nearby swamp, said Lance Cpl. Judd Jones, with South Carolina Highway Patrol.
Law enforcement is unsure of the exact date the accident occurred.
An autopsy for Brown is scheduled on Friday in Newberry.
The cause and manner of Brown’s death have not yet been determined, and her death is being considered “suspicious” at this time, Carlton said.
Digital Content Producer Anthony Scannella contributed to this report.