Body of Kentucky woman found burned in ditch in South Carolina

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CHESTER, S.C. (WTVQ) – Tattoos helped authorities in South Carolina identify a burned body found in a ditch as that of a Kentucky woman.

The body of 31-year-old Melissa I. Whitis was discovered September 20 off Lizzie Melton Road. According to the Herald newspaper in South Carolina Whitis’s last known address was in Frankfort. The newspapers say she was last seen on September 17 near an Interstate in North Carolina.

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Authorities are investigating her death as a murder.

The newspaper says police have not released details about how or where Whitis died. They did say several tattoos on her body led to her identification. They also say Whitis had a medical device implanted in her skull, but did not say what it was for, according to the newspaper.