Body of missing Beaufort native found, suspects arrested

info@islandpacket.comOctober 7, 2013 

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A body found in Mount Pleasant Monday night has been identified as a missing Beaufort man, according to a release from the Charleston County Sheriff's Office.

The body of William Alexander Apps, 25, was found near an electrical substation on McGrath Darby Road at 8:30 p.m., the release said.

Charleston County Deputy Coroner Brittney Martin said Apps had been killed by a gunshot wound to the head on Oct. 3, the day he had disappeared.

Two men were arrested Monday and charged in Apps' death, according to the release. Charleston resident Jquan Marquel Scott, 19, was charged with murder, kidnapping, armed robbery, and possession of a firearm in the use of a violent crime, the release said.

Charleston resident Issac Romell Williams, 20, was charged with kidnapping.

Apps was trying to sell his Chevrolet pickup truck on Craigslist and met with Scott and Williams at a Hardee's restaurant on Spring Street in Charleston around 4 p.m. He was last seen around an hour later near Mathis Ferry Road in Mt. Pleasant, the release said.

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office was notified of Apps' disappearance on Friday and began searching for him then, Sheriff P.J. Tanner said. Charleston County Sheriff's Office investigators began searching for Apps Sunday.

On Monday, investigators arranged to meet with Scott, who led them to the location of Apps' body, the release said.

Beaufort County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Sgt. Robin McIntosh said Scott is under investigation in Beaufort for financial transaction card fraud related to the use of Apps' credit cards.

Apps was a law student in Charleston and a graduate of Beaufort Academy, according to an email from state Rep. Shannon Erickson, a family friend.

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