Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright said deputies have closed a Spartanburg missing teen's case with an arrest after a body was found in a wooded area near Pacolet on Sunday.
Spartanburg County deputies said a man called 911 after he spotted the skeleton lying in a gully behind a closed greenhouse company near the corner of Highway 56 and Stewart Road at Winding Way Road on Sunday.
The man told deputies he was in the woods with his daughter looking for mushrooms.
Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger said they used DNA to identify the remains and identified the victim as 18-year-old Antwan Bailey, who was reported missing in November.
Clevenger said the body had been there a month or more, left out in the open.
When they initially found the body, Wright said investigators treated it as a "who done it" case. He said they went through missing persons files and when they connected it to Bailey's case, they learned that 23-year-old Wade Shippy was the last person to be seen with the victim alive.
Spartanburg police said Bailey had more than $1,000 on him when he disappeared.
After going back and forth in talks with Shippy, deputies said he eventually admitted to robbing, assaulting and harming Bailey.
Deputies said Shippy's cell phone activity and his story placed him in the area where the body was found. He was arrested just after midnight, early Thursday morning.
Shippy was charged with murder and armed robbery. According to his arrest warrants, Shippy struck Bailey, killing him, and also stole cash from him while armed with a weapon.
Investigators from the Sheriff's Office Violent Crimes Unit, Forensics Unit and the Spartanburg County Coroner's Office investigated the death. They said the investigation was treated as a homicide until evidence points to something else with a discovery like this.
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