The law enforcement division of SC on Tuesday reopened the investigation into the 2015 death of 19-year-old Stephen Smith, based on information gathered during the investigation into Murdaugh’s double homicide, confirmed a spokesperson for SLED.
In the wake of the June 7 murders of Paul Murdaugh, 22, and his mother, Maggie, 52, rumors have circulated about the possibility of a connection between the Murdaugh family and Smith’s death.
SLED’s reopened investigation was first reported by FITSNews on Tuesday evening.
Smith’s body was found on July 8, 2015 on Sandy Run Road, near Hampton.
Investigators said he was the victim of a hit-and-run accident, despite police reports showing no evidence of it.
Sandy Smith, the young man’s mother, previously told The State Media Co. in 2019 that the boat crash that killed Mallory Beach and involved Paul Murdaugh rekindled her son’s death. But some questions might never be answered, she said.
“There would never be justice for Stephen in Hampton County,” she told The State.
In 2019, the Murdaugh family declined to comment on discussions about their family posted on social media, calling them “an outlet for unfortunate fabrications and unfounded comments based not on fact but on speculation.”
There has been no official statement linking the Murdaugh family to Smith’s death, but SLED’s decision to reopen the case raises questions about the family’s connection to the incident.