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35-year-old woman found dead in Bluffton Target parking lot, officials say

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This story was updated Monday.

The woman found dead in the Bluffton Target parking lot Saturday night was 35-years-old and from Augusta, Debbie Youmans of the Beaufort County Coroner’s Office said Sunday afternoon.

A gunshot to the head was listed as the cause of death on a preliminary autopsy conducted by the the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, Youmans said Monday.

Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Bob Bromage said Sunday, “No information from the scene or otherwise leads us to believe there was (another) party involved.”

He said the death is an active investigation and there is no public safety threat.

Police and the Beaufort County Coroner were on scene at the shopping center located on U.S. 278 late Saturday evening.

No further details were immediately available.

In a separate February incident, the body of a 22-year-old Hilton Head Island man was found in a parking lot behind Target. His death was ruled a suicide, according to the Beaufort County Coroner’s Office. The cause of death was a gunshot wound.

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