On Thursday the Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a missing person from the family of 38 year-old Scott Eugene Abernathy.
The investigation led authorities to suspect Abernathy had been shot and his body dumped in the river. Law enforcement and the Cherokee County Rescue Squad located Mr. Abernathy’s body on Friday, January 29, 2016, in the Chattooga River.
Investigators arrested 48 year old Ben T. McCool of Gaylesville, on charges of domestic violence and torture and willful abuse of a child in an unrelated case. He now faces murder charges.
Sheriff Shaver said he appreciates the assistance of the Major Crimes Unit, the Cherokee County Rescue Squad, ALEA’s Marine Police and Aviation Unit, and the JSU Center for Applied Forensic Sciences.
The case remains under investigation by the Cherokee County Major Crimes Unit.