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Murder Arrest Comes Six Years After Simon Powell Vanished in Burke County


A little over six years from the date of Simon Powell’s disappearance, Burke County Sheriff’s investigators have arrested and charged 38-year-old Stacey Welch in connection with his disappearance and murder.

“We expect to make other arrests as a result of today’s arrest,” sheriff’s Capt. Jimmy Wylds said Wednesday.

Powell, 63, was last seen on June 1, 2016, and authorities found his white Ford pickup truck burned the next day. Sheriff Alfonzo Williams offered a $30,000 reward for information in the case.

Simon Powell

Authorities always suspected foul play in the disappearance of the victim, described by family as a loving business owner who would help anyone in need.

Sheriff Williams sends his heartfelt condolences to the Powell family and hopes that today’s development will bring the family some level of closure,” Capt. Wylds said.

No word on whether anyone will collect the reward. Stay tuned…

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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