The body of a missing Claflin University student, 20-year-old Shadae Spann, was found on October 2 along with her wrecked Mercedes E320.
The student’s vehicle ended up under heavy brush off U.S. Highway 601 close to Lone Star Road in Calhoun County.
Donnie Porth, the Calhoun County Coroner, said the vehicle was so well-hidden that no one would spot it if they were standing at the roadside.
Spann was reported missing the previous week and a search began after her relatives contacted the authorities in Sumter County. Richland County was also included in the search.
At approximately 10:30 a.m. on Friday, officers spotted a skid mark at the side of the highway and they found Spann when they stopped to investigate.
Porth said it appeared that the missing Claflin University student died as a result of multiple blunt force injuries on September 24, although no autopsy had been conducted.
The coroner reported that there were no signs of foul play.
Meanwhile, Lance Corporal Tyler Tidwell of the South Carolina Highway Patrol revealed that the crash occurred at around 11:21 p.m. on September 24.
He said Spann was driving in a southerly direction on U.S. 601 when the vehicle went over the center line and veered off the right side of the road, striking several trees in the process.
Tidwell said Spann was ejected from the vehicle which overturned and landed on top of her. He said she was not wearing a seatbelt.
The Highway Patrol will continue to investigate the accident.
Spann’s friend Sir’Narria Scott said she felt like a big piece of her heart was gone while another friend, Ashli Crawford recalled the her “big million-dollar smile.”
In a statement, President of Claflin University Dwaun J. Warmack called Spann a student with outstanding potential. He asked for prayers for her family and friends. The university made counselors available for students and staff.
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