Scotland sheriff to reopen Eric Watts death case

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Sheriff Ralph Kersey

LAURINBURG — Almost two years after Eric Thomas Watts died, the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office is reopening the investigation into the Laurinburg man’s death.

Sheriff Ralph Kersey said he hopes a new investigation will shed some light into unanswered questions involving the death and bring closure for Watts’ family and friends. The original autopsy listed the cause of death as “undetermined.”

The 22-year-old Watts was killed July 3, 2014. His death occurred at 8500 Ray Locklear Road, Laurinburg. He was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS.

After a preliminary review of the files in the case, Lt. Jessica Sadovnikov, an investigator heading up the investigation, said there are discrepancies and inconsistencies.

Kersey and Sadovnikov have requested the assistance of nationally recognized medical coroner, who specializes in second review autopsies. Officials are not disclosing the name of the coroner.

The coroner’s assistance will be no cost to the county. Kersey says the expert has agreed to work with them for free.

The agency is also considering bringing in other law enforcement experts, including the State Bureau of Investigation.

If you have any questions, or information related to this case contact Scotland County Sheriff’s Office at 910- 266 -4185 or 910- 551- 8736.

Sheriff Ralph Kersey Ralph Kersey

Maria Grandy

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Reach Maria Grandy at 910-276-2311

Reach Maria Grandy at 910-276-2311

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