Son Who Reported Father Missing Charged With His Murder

PAGELAND, SC — Deputies have arrested and charged 24-year-old Thomas Shelton, Jr. with the murder of his father after he reported him missing on December 8, 2015.

The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office says Thomas Shelton, Sr. was reported missing on December 8, 2015 by his son, Shelton, Jr.

Shelton, Sr.’s body was later found on Tory Road in Pageland on December 28th.

Autopsies performed in Newberry and at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston both showed Shelton’s death to be the result of blunt force trauma to the head and chest. Other evidence sent to an Indiana lab showed that Shelton had died on either December 5th or 6th.

After collecting evidence and serving several search warrants on other family members investigators arrested and charged Thomas Shelton, Jr. with the murder of his father.

Shelton, Jr. is currently awaiting his first court appearance.