Body of missing Pickens County man found after tip from wedding party

The Pickens County Coroner's Office after a body was found less than a mile from where a missing man was last seen. (Source: WHNS)
Published: Jul. 8, 2022 at 5:44 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 8, 2022 at 2:26 PM EDT
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PICKENS, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office said a man’s body was found on Thursday after they received reports of an unusual odor.

Deputies said people attending a wedding party in the 3100 block of Pumpkintown Highway called the sheriff’s office to report the smell around 8:30 p.m.

Investigators searched a large wooded area behind the home, where they found a man’s body along a creek bed.

Deputies said the body was found less than a mile from the home of missing 80-year-old Francis Alward.

The coroner’s office confirmed the victim was Alward after an investigation on Friday. No foul play is suspected.

“Most importantly, we ask the community to continue praying for the Alward family during this difficult time,” the sheriff’s office said in a post on Facebook.