James Dobbs Obituary, Death – In the early hours of today, deputies from the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO), the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office collaborated on the investigation of a homicide that led to the arrest of a suspect and the discovery of the victim’s remains. The search for the missing person started in October in Lancaster County when a missing person report was submitted there. Thursday was the day when investigators from Lancaster County got credible information that the person who had been reported missing had been found dead in the area of the 3500 block of Old Georgetown Road in Kershaw County.
After that, police from Lancaster County began collaborating with detectives from the Kansas City Sheriff’s Office in an effort to uncover a culprit. During the course of the investigation, officers from the KCSO spoke with Ryan Thomas Edgerton, 20, who lives on Old Georgetown Road in Kershaw (pictured). According to the interview, Edgerton shot the victim and then brought the victim’s body to Lee County after he had already transported it there. Edgerton was instrumental in directing KCSO investigators to the location of the burial site, which was located behind a church on St. James Road in Lee County (also pictured). During the early hours of the morning, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office provided assistance in the recovery of the victim’s remains. The Special Law Enforcement Division was sent to the funeral home in Lee County.
The family of the deceased has been notified by Kershaw County Coroner David West, who has issued an order for an autopsy. James Arron Dobbs, age 18, a resident of Kershaw, has been named as the deceased by Coroner West. In light of the allegations that he committed murder, Ryan Thomas Edgerton is currently being held at the Kershaw County Detention Center. It is currently uncertain what the motivation was. The victim knew Edgerton. Edgerton knew the victim. This was not a homicide committed at random.
“Without our excellent working ties with Sheriff Barry Faile and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Danny Simon and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, and our South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division, we would not have been able to solve this case” (SLED). According to the statement made by the sheriff of Kershaw County, Lee Boan, “We will never let county lines stand in the way of serving justice to those who cause harm to others.”