Sumter men charged after overdose death of salesman, police say

Joseph Rakeem Buck and Edward Frederick Williams (Sumter Police Department)

SUMTER COUNTY, SC (WACH) – Two Sumter have been charged for their roles in the overdose death of a traveling salesman in August, according to the Sumter Police Department.

Twenty-six-year-old Joseph Rakeem Buck and 28-year-old Edward Frederick Williams are each charged with distribution of heroin and conspiracy to distribute heroin, according to police.

Thirty-seven-year-old Louis Ross of North Myrtle Beach was working in Sumter and staying at a local hotel when he was reported missing by his employer and associates Aug. 10 of 2018.

Officers then located the car Ross was last seen driving two days later during a traffic stop. Another man was the driver, so the search for Ross continued, police say.

However, information developed from that stop allowed officers to focus on areas where Ross might be found. Officers then found Ross’ body the next day in a wooded area off Dicks Street. An autopsy later determined he died of a drug overdose.

Buck was later identified as the man driving Ross’ car and was arrested Aug. 13, charged with grand larceny for the theft of the car.

The two are now at the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center.

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