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Beaufort deputies: Missing woman found dead, suicide suspected

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Mercy Ann Eklund Mercy Ann Eklund

LADY'S ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) -- A missing Beaufort County woman was found dead in a secluded Hampton County cemetery Wednesday, a day after she was reported missing. 

According to Beaufort County deputies, 26-year-old Mercy Ann Eklund's body as found off a trail in a Hampton County cemetery after a caretaker for the property reported seeing her around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. 

She had been reported missing Tuesday night after her family said she went to file her taxes at 2 p.m. and never returned and they were concerned because she had seemed suicidal in recent weeks. 

Her boyfriend said that Eklund had already filed her taxes and gotten her refund, according to the report, and that's when they found that a handgun was also missing. 

Investigators said Eklund appeared to have a single gunshot wound to the head.

The State Law Enforcement Division and the Hampton County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident.


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