SHALOTTE, NC (WBTW) – An investigation into the selling of drugs and weapons in Brunswick County led to the discovery of a female body in Burton, SC.
Public Information Officer Emily Flax with Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office says detectives performed separate traffic stops Tuesday in Calabash on Charles Thomas Brown, 28, and Nancy Kennedy, 56, both of Burton, SC.
During each traffic stop, detectives discovered guns, prompting police to execute a search warrant at a home on High Hill Drive in Shallotte. Four guns were seized during the investigation. Charles Brown was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.
While investigating Charles Brown and Nancy Kennedy in connection with the selling of illegal drugs and guns, Brunswick County detectives discovered the duo, along with other family members, was connected to a death investigation from December 18. Charred remains of an unidentified body were discovered in Yemassee, SC, according to detectives.
News13 sister station, WSAV, reports Yemassee Police identified the male body found in a burnt car as Titus Singleton, 27, of Beaufort. Singleton’s burnt remains were found inside of a burnt car in a field on Jinks Road in Yemassee by some farmers on the morning of December 18. A multi-agency investigation found Singleton was murdered at a residence in Burton, SC before being taken to the Yemassee location.
The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office alerted South Carolina Law Enforcement Division to its investigation, prompting the execution of a search warrant at a second home. Agents executed the search warrant at a house in Burton, SC, where the remains of a second body were discovered.
Police say the body is that of a female, and was found in a shallow grave at the home. Officials have not identified the victim.
Olin Brown, 29, and his mother, Nancy Kennedy, both of Burton, SC, are being held at the Beaufort County Detention Facility. Brown is charged with murder, while Kennedy is charged with accessory after the fact of murder, according to online booking records.
Charles Brown remains behind bars at the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $2 million bond for possession of a firearm by a felon.
The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected, says Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram.