Missing Jefferson man found dead

First Posted: 4:13 am - June 17th, 2015

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CHESTERFIELD — Sheriff’s deputies have recovered the body of a missing Jefferson man.

Chesterfield County Coroner Kip Kiser confirmed the identity of 38-year-old Joesph Michael Arant of Jefferson. Kiser said no cause of death had been determined, and though an autopsy has been performed, Kiser said he is waiting for the results of the toxicology report.

According to incident reports, the search for Arant began June 8 when the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office received reports of a man on S.C. Highway 145.

The caller claimed the man was acting strange, running toward the road when a car would come, and laying as if he wanted the car to hit him.

“There was one witness who said that’s what he sort of acted like when she saw him,” said Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks. “We don’t have any evidence of that happening.”

Brooks said the man’s reported behavior could indicate impairment and deputies are awaiting the results of a toxicology report. Authorities have not released a cause of death.

Upon arriving at the scene, deputies did not find the man the caller reported. Instead, they discovered a blue Ford F-250 belonging to Arant. Deputies said the keys to the vehicle were still in the ignition, and that Arant’s wallet as well as his checkbook were also in the vehicle.

Deputies later found Arant’s shoes and cellphone along the S.C. 145 shoulder. Deputies continued the search for Arant, who at this point was presumed to be without money, shoes or a cellphone.

After nearly two days of searching for the missing Jefferson man, Deputies found Arant’s body in a wooded area nearby.

Reach reporter Randy Garner at 843-537-5261 and follow him on Twitter @CherawChronicle.



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