Missing 19-year-old Chaz Blanding’s body discovered on St. Helena Island Posted on December 3, 2017 by S Y WoodsDecember 3, 2017 At approximately 5:45 p.m. Saturday, December 2, Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Dispatch received a call regarding the discovery of a deceased person near a wooded area off of Simmons Road on St. Helena Island. Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies and investigators were dispatched and responded. The deceased person’s identity and cause of death were not apparent to personnel at the scene, as the body was found to be in an active stage of decomposition. Investigators processed the scene for forensic evidence and the Beaufort County Coroner’s Office removed the body. The Coroner’s Office scheduled a forensic autopsy to be performed at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston to establish the deceased person’s identity and cause and manner of death. The body was later identified as 19-year-old Chaz Blanding of Beaufort. Blanding was reported missing and endangered by his family after last being seen on Tuesday, November 21. The forensic autopsy performed Sunday at the Medical University of South Carolina revealed that Chaz Blanding died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Beaufort County Coroner’s Office. Chaz Blanding’s manner of death has been determined to be a homicide. When he was last seen, Chaz Blanding was in the company of his uncle, Robert Blanding. Robert Blanding was found deceased off of F&B Road on Lady’s Island on Wednesday, November 22. It was determined through forensic autopsy that Robert Blanding was murdered and died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds. Two subjects have been arrested and charged in connection with Robert Blanding’s murder: 16-year-old Rasheem Bennett for Murder and Possession of a Weapon in the Commission of a Violent Crime and 18-year-old Channon Preston Jr. for Accessory After the Fact of Murder. Still at large is 18-year-old Nashon Pringle of St. Helena Island. Pringle is wanted on two arrest warrants for Robert Blanding’s murder: Murder and Possession of a Weapon in the Commission of a Violent Crime. Pringle is to be considered armed and dangerous; anyone coming into contact with him should immediately call Sheriff’s Office Emergency Dispatch 9-1-1. The investigation into the murders of Robert and Chaz Blanding continues. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Sergeant Brandon Disbrow at 843-255-3407 or CrimeStoppers 1-888-CrimeSC if wishing to remain anonymous and for possible reward.