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Deputies seek tips in Oconee County's oldest unsolved case

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Photo of Marcus "Mark" Lee provided by the Oconee County Sheriff's Office. Photo of Marcus "Mark" Lee provided by the Oconee County Sheriff's Office.
WESTMINSTER, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Oconee County Deputies are renewing a plea they first made to the public more than 26 years ago.

They hope someone comes forward with information that will solve the Dec. 8, 1986, murder of Marcus "Mark" Lee. It is Oconee County's oldest cold case.

Lee was found beaten to death at his home off Richland Road in Westminster. He suffered a traumatic head injury.

Deputies believe robbery was the motive, and they said there is no reason to believe Lee knew the person or people who killed him.

The sheriff's office said they did have suspects they were interested in at one point, but those leads did not pan out.

"Mark Lee was well known in the community," Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw said in a statement. "He owned and operated a lawn mower/motorcycle repair shop beside his home. Some of these cold cases are like putting a puzzle together. You can see what the puzzle is supposed to be but you need to find the missing one or two pieces in order to make it complete. I believe there is someone out there that has the missing pieces our investigators need to complete this case."

Anyone who has information in this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at either 638-STOP or 1-888-CRIME-SC. Tips can also be sent by text to 274637.

Anyone who provides information can remain anonymous. A tip that leads to an arrest could be eligible for a reward up to $2,000.

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