LONGS, S.C. (WBTW) – Horry County Police are asking for the community’s help after the body of a 22-year-old woman was discovered in a vacant lot in Longs Monday morning.
Lt. Mark Bonner with the Horry County Police Department says officers were dispatched to 1700 Vera Road around 11 a.m. Monday in reference to a body discovered in a nearby vacant lot.
According to a police report, the owner of the land where the woman’s body was discovered came to the property Monday morning to get dirt when he saw her motionless body lying on the ground surrounded by blood. Without getting out of the vehicle, the witness turned the car around and immediately called 911.
Officers who responded to the scene note the victim, identified as Shannon Nicole DiTillio, was lying on her back with a blue bag to her left, and a black backpack and a red bag in the pond behind her body.
Lt. Bonner says DiTillio arrived in Myrtle Beach April 7 from Buffalo, NY, but detectives need the community’s help on where she went or who she was with from the time she arrived until Monday morning.
TV Station WIVB spoke to DiTillio’s mother, Lisa Beiter of North Tonawanda. Beiter says when she learned of her daughter’s death, she also discovered that her daughter was 4 months pregnant. The unborn child did not survive
Horry County Chief Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard says DiTillio’s death is being investigated as a homicide, but an exact cause of death was not released.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Horry County Police Department at 843-915-5350 or the Tips Line at 843-915-8477 (TIPS).