Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Details have emerged from a Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office investigation into the death of a man who died April 21 during an apparent attempt to steal copper wire.
The deceased was identified as Zachary Lance Jones, 29, of Huger. The cause of death was electrocution and was ruled as accidental by Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury.
Deputies responded to Construction Lane after receiving a call at about 10:45 a.m. concerning a problem at the site, according to a BCSO incident report.
The complainant found the suspect’s body near a transformer unresponsive inside a gated section with what appeared to be burns all over his body and charred clothes, according to the report. The deputy noticed a cut along the fence line, which appeared to be an entry point with tracks from what appeared to be a truck leaving the scene.
Another deputy arrived on scene and recognized Jones from seeing him in the area the day before the incident, according to the report.
A Berkeley Electric Cooperative employee confirmed there were about 50 pounds of copper missing and about $20,000 in damage.
At about 10 p.m. a deputy responded in reference to a possible location of the vehicle used in the earlier crime. The deputy contacted a complainant who said he located a dark Ford F-150 about 1,500 yards from a dirt trail, according to a supplemental report.
The vehicle was about 100 yards behind the substation, was unoccupied and cold to the touch, according to the supplemental report. It was towed to the inventory yard for forensic processing.
Another deputy on scene recognized the deceased, whom he had seen on April 19 in the area of Construction Road. The deceased is a native of Huger, as is that particular deputy, according to another supplemental report.
The deputy said Jones is usually seen driving a blue pickup truck with a camper shell. The deputy found it suspicious Jones was walking away from Construction Road and patrolled the area of Shirley’s Place for possible theft.