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Case of missing Williston woman found dead classified as accident

October 5, 2018

The Aiken County Coroner’s Office announced Thursday the case of the missing Williston woman whose body was found inside a crashed car in Wagener last week will be classified as an accident.

Natasha Brown, 45, of Williston, was discovered inside a 2016 Kia four-door vehicle early in the morning on 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 discovery was made by a utility worker doing repair work at approximately 3:43 a.m. The utility worker was shining headlights into the nearby swamp and noticed the reflection of the vehicle, Carlton said.

The vehicle was hidden by vegetation and trees, he said.

Carlton said Oct. 4 that authorities have been investigating some “suspicious aspects” of the case, but he has ultimately decided to classify the case as an “accident.”

Brown was reported missing to law enforcement in Greenwood County on Aug. 8, after not returning to the home of a family member from whom she borrowed the vehicle on Aug. 3, according to the release.

Investigators with South Carolina Highway Patrol 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.

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