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North Augusta Man Found Dead in Trash Pile in Trenton; ACSO Calls it ‘Suspicious Death’


A North Augusta man was found dead Thursday afternoon off a Trenton road near a trash pile, authorities said.

Tommy Hoover, from Facebook

Tommy L. Hoover, 68, was found covered with a tarp and may have been there for a few days, Coroner Darryl Ables said in a press release.

Deputies responded to Katie Lane around 5:30 p.m. Thursday after a 911 caller reported the body. The caller took deputies to a location between Sunny Brooke and Wiggins Way, where the human remains were laying just off the road near a trash pile, sheriff’s Capt. Eric Abdullah said.

The death is being called suspicious, and an autopsy will be done Friday in Newberry to determine a cause of death, the coroner said.

Hoover’s family last saw and spoke with him last Friday afternoon. He did not show up for work and did not call his sister, who he lived with.

“He would never do that,” a Facebook post says. “Never!!!!”

According to a post from Sandra DuBose, Hoover was well known to the PRIDE family. That organization is dedicated to creating and promoting pro-LGBTQ events for Augusta and the surrounding CSRA, the page said.

Late Thursday, DuBose updated the page with this: “Unfortunately, Tommy Hoover was found deceased this afternoon in Aiken County. Please lift his family and friend in prayer. This was a senseless killing.”

The location of the discovery is shown below.

The body was discovered off Katie Lane in Trenton, between Sunny Brooke and Wiggins Way.
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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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