Gun recovered, shooter still at large in 19-year-old’s murder

December 14, 2012 

The gun used to kill a 19-year-old Hilton Head Island man Wednesday has been recovered, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, but the shooter remains at large.

Members of the Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit found the gun Thursday morning after searching woods within a few hundred yards of 180 Marshland Road, where the man was shot in his yard.

Cesar Reyna-Reyna’s body was found on the ground at about 7 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Reyna-Reyna was pronounced dead at Hilton Head Hospital at 7:47 p.m., said county Deputy Coroner David Ott.

Capt. Bob Bromage with the Sheriff’s Office would not say Friday what type of firearm was recovered. He said doing so would reveal a sensitive “investigative detail” that could hinder attempts to ascertain the gun’s origin.

Bromage said the Sheriff’s Office was still examining the gun for forensic evidence, but said it was believed to be connected to Reyna-Reyna’s murder.

Investigators are also still attempting to locate a man seen with Reyna-Reyna in the yard just before the shooting.

“Numerous witnesses have been located and interviewed; however, the African-American man seen in the company of Reyna prior to the time of the shooting has not,” Bromage said in a news release.

He also said U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement had not yet confirmed Reyna-Reyna’s immigration status. He was born in Mexico and had not attended a local high school, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

An autopsy was completed Thursday at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Beaufort County Depurty Coroner David Ott said Reyna-Reyna’s death was ruled a homicide but declined to release any further details, including how many times and where Reyna-Reyna was shot.

“We don’t want to jeopardize the investigation,” Ott said, adding such details help investigators verify the verasity of information they receive.

Anyone with information about the shooting can call Staff Sgt. Chapman at 843-255-3417 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC (1-888-274-6372).

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