The body of Stephen N. Smith will be exhumed and autopsied

Stephen N. Smith (WYFF screenshot)

The body of a 19-year-old South Carolina nursing student who was found dead on the side of the road a few miles from the now-disgraced Murdaugh family’s hunting estate will be exhumed for an autopsy independent.

The teenager’s mysterious death in 2015 has been the subject of renewed interest since Alex Murdaugh was found guilty earlier this month of two counts of murder for shooting his wife and his son on the property in June 2021.

Stephen N. Smith’s mother announced on Thursday that she would waste no time requesting the exhumation and autopsy of her son’s body after raising more than $53,000 on a GoFundMe page.

“I could not have imagined when we started this fundraiser that it would take off like it did. Please don’t let Stephen’s story be swept under a rug,” she wrote. “We will continue with the exhumation immediately and provide updates along the way.”

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