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G.S. woman, 3 juveniles in custody in Horry death

Samantha Watts (J. Reuben Long Detention Center photo)


     A Green Sea woman and three juveniles are in custody in a missing persons case that has ended in the discovery of an assault and death.

     Neither police nor the Horry County Coroner’s Office have released the name of the victim, who “was found deceased Monday afternoon near the Galivants Ferry area,” the news release said.

     Samantha Watts, 40, was arrested near Loris Monday evening and is being held without bond in connection with the Jan. 10 missing person report, an Horry County Police Department news release said Tuesday.

     Watts was held on charges of obstructing justice and a series of drug offenses including two counts of the manufacture and distribution of LSD and cocaine, trafficking in methamphetamine or cocaine base, and trafficking in ice, crank, or crack cocaine, booking information at J. Reuben Long Detention Center said.

     Three juveniles “also in custody in connection to the investigation” are in the custody of the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia.

     The coroner’s office will release the name of the victim “with respect to the ongoing notification of next of kin,” the news release said.

     Look for more on this story in the next Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online, and look for updates here as events warrant.