Coroner identifies homeless man found beaten to death under Spartanburg bridge

Published: Mar. 27, 2023 at 8:38 AM EDT|Updated: Mar. 31, 2023 at 11:25 AM EDT
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SPARTANBURG, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - The Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office identified a man beaten to death under a bridge on Monday.

The Spartanburg Police Department said officers were called to North Forest Street at around 3 a.m. for a welfare check.

Once on scene, officers were told that a man was possibly dead under a bridge, and not breathing. Officers went to the bridge near North Forest Street and Clinton Street and found a man under the bridge who appeared to be dead.

Police also said the man appeared to have been hit several times with some type of blunt object.

The coroner identified the victim as 31-year-old Steven Shawn Smith. Officials said Smith was reportedly homeless and living under the bridge. His cause of death is blunt force trauma to the head and neck.

If anyone has information regarding this incident, call police at 864-596-2065 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC.

Stay tuned as we work to learn more.

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