Authorities have recovered the remains of 18-year-old Malik Spencer, missing out of Beaufort County for more than a month.
According to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO), Malik was murdered and his remains were found on Tuesday, Jan. 22.
BCSO says linemen discovered human remains in the brush off of Highway 78 in Bramberg County, which is located just over an hour north of Malik’s Lobeco home.
An autopsy revealed that the remains were those of an adult male who died as a result of gunshot wounds. BCSO said items recovered during the autopsy underwent DNA analysis and matched with Malik Spencer’s profile.
Malik was a student at Whale Branch Early College. His family described him as a quiet, laid back teen who “doesn’t have a mean bone in his body.”
Although the discovery may bring some peace of mind for family and friends, many questions remain in this case.
The search for the 18-year-old has been ongoing since he was last seen on Dec. 18 in his home in Lobeco, located about 10 miles north of Beaufort.
Four days later, his car was found abandoned in a rural, residential area on St. Helena Island. Police and K9s searched the area but did not locate Malik.
BCSO said some information obtained by investigators led them to suspect foul play in his disappearance.
Now, BCSO is working with Bamberg County officials to find out more details in this homicide.
Anyone with information is urged to call investigator Brian Abell at 843-255-3436 or anonymously to Crimestoppers of the Lowcountry at 843-554-1111.