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Bluffton police interview Johnathan Cherol's associates

From left are Christy Pinkski, Roberts Vaux, Johnathan Cherol and Mary Vaux Bell.
From left are Christy Pinkski, Roberts Vaux, Johnathan Cherol and Mary Vaux Bell. Submitted photo

Five days after Johnathan Cherol's body was found in his 39 Pinecrest Way home, investigators have little to go on as they interview many of the people he knew.

"We really do not have anything more to add," Maj. Joseph Manning of the Bluffton Police Department said Tuesday morning. "We will continue to interview associates of the victim."

Cherol, 33, was found dead of a single gunshot wound after police were called to his residence around 12:45 a.m. Oct. 28, Lt. Joseph Babkiewicz said in a news release.

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Manning said the department is not ruling out any possibilities as it investigates Cherol's death and is being assisted by investigators from the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office and S.C. Law Enforcement Division.

Manning also said a murder weapon has not been found and investigators do not know if Cherol knew his attacker.

Cherol was an active member of the local restaurant scene and co-owner of the recently closed Pepper's Old Town in Bluffton.

The May River Road restaurant had opened in early 2015 as a revamp of the original Pepper's Porch, replacing another restaurant that was also co-owned by Cherol, called Jack's Old Town.

The outdoor lounge area at now-closed Pepper's Porch, in a photograph from December 16, 2014. (Delayna Earley)

Above: The outdoor lounge area at now-closed Pepper's Porch, in a photograph from December 16, 2014. (Delayna Earley/dearley@islandpacket.com)

Anyone with information on the shooting can call the Bluffton Police Department at 843- 706-4560.

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