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Aiken Co. Veteran found dead on Memorial day, suspect still at large

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WAGENER, SC (WACH)-- The Wagener community is on high alert after lifetime neighbor 76-year-old Kenneth Goodwin was found dead outside his home in Aiken County.

The coroner said he died from injuries to his head and body. He was found dead on Memorial Day, but the autopsy shows he died several days earlier. James Bailey owns Bailey's Tire Service on North Main Street, just half a mile down the road. "It makes the whole community uneasy, especially when you hit an older person like that, that didn’t deserve it," Bailey said. "In a small community, you tend to know everybody a little closer because its small you know I deal with most of the people uptown so you get to know them on a personal level."Bailey said Goodwin was a customer who would drop in from time to time.

Right now, the Aiken County Sheriff’s Department is searching for Goodwin’s stolen pickup. It’s a maroon 2001 Ford Ranger. The license tag is a South Carolina plate - KLG-574.

Deputies said someone also broke into Goodwin’s home and took several items from inside. Neighbors described Goodwin as a quiet person who was known to carry a lot of cash. "It puts you on edge no doubt, it really keeps your guard up you have to because it could happen to any of us," Bailey said. "why, why did he deserve that I don't think anybody deserves that but why did he deserve it, why did you pick him?"

Kenneth Goodwin's family said he was a veteran who served his country for more than 20 years in the Navy. If you know anything this case you are encouraged to call CrimeStoppers.

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