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Coroner: Body found near Goose Creek playground is homicide victim

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GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCIV) -- Two teens playing Wednesday evening at a Dogwood Park playground found a man who they believed was sleeping but, instead,  turned out to be dead, according to police.

On Thursday, the coroner's office identified the man as 40-year-old William Kuhn, of North Charleston. Coroner Bill Salisbury says Kuhn had been recently living with his sister.

An autopsy revealed his cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the head. The coroner's office is treating the man's death as a homicide and says the victim was found lying face down near the playground. 

"He is face down, laying on the ground. It looks like he's probably not alive," said one of the teen's who found the man during a 911 call.

The teen said his step-brother spotted the body about 20 minutes earlier and told his big brother.

Salisbury did not say how long the man's body had been there.  The coroner says they found Kuhn with no identification or wallet.

According to officials, the call for help came shortly after 5 p.m. The two teens spotted the body while riding their bikes near Liberty Hall Road and started yelling for him to wake up. After he didn't, they called for help.

State Law Enforcement Division officers are also involved in the case. On Thursday, Goose Creek police said SLED agents were asked to identify Kuhn through the use of their handheld portable fingerprint devices.

However, SLED is not currently involved in the ongoing investigation, Goose Creek officials said.

According to a police report, witnesses say they saw a red Ford F-150 leave the area as medical personnel and police were arriving.

As for a motive, that's still unclear at this time, according to Salisbury.  SLED is currently assisting the Goose Creek Police Department with solving the crime.

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